Stars, Fan Magazines and Audiences

Desire by Design

Edited by Tamar Jeffers McDonald, Lies Lanckman, Sarah Polley

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Thirteen original chapters on movie magazines analysing their visual aspects
  • Contents include sections on individual issues, regular features, and adjunct publications
  • As well as visuals, topics covered include stardom, gender, censorship, nationality, performance, language
  • Includes detailed studies of magazines from the US, UK, France, Chile, and Poland

Stars, Fan Magazines and Audiences focuses on movie magazines, publications first produced in 1911 for movie fans in the United States, but soon reaching movie fans on a global scale. Bringing together scholars from different disciplinary and international contexts, this collection considers fan magazines as objects of material and visual history.

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Section One: Single Magazine Issues

Section Introduction

Never the Twain Shall Meet: Touch, Double-Sidedness, and Race in the Pages of Picture Show - Joel Casey

The Paradoxical Glamour of the Phoney War: Examining the Design of Picturegoer - Carolyn King

Mid-century masculinities: presentation as subtext in Photoplay January 1955 - Lisa Hood

Dorothy Dandridge the Invisible Star: racial segregation in Hollywood fan magazines in the 1950s - Cathy Lomax

Section Two: Fan Magazines and Regular Contents

Section Introduction

Tyrone Power: International ‘Cover Boy’ - Gillian Kelly

Leafing Men and Ladies: Fan Magazines and Reading Strategies - Sarah Polley

A Star is Drawn: Media Hybridity and Ordinary Cinephilia in ‘La Passion de Dora’ - Dominic Topp

Wielding the Scissors: industry politics and play in movie magazines, 1933-34 - Tamar Jeffers McDonald

Section Three: Fan Magazines and Related Publications


Universal Horror and the Universal Weekly: The Visible Invisibility of the Invisible Man - Rahul Kumar

‘She Can’t Put Tears In Her Voice, So She Has To Put Them In Her Eyes’: A Performance Studies Perspective On Fan Magazine Images And Silent Film Acting - Jennifer Voss

‘[They charge members] about four shillings a year for the privilege of receiving a photograph and regular printed gossip’: Context, content and form in 1940s British film star fan club publications - Ellen Wright and Phyll Smith

The Missing Piece: Imaginary Audiences in the Ecran Fan Magazine of the 1940s - María Paz Peirano and Claudia Bossay

The Silver Screen and the Golden Land: Hollywood and ‘hereness’ in the pages of Film- Nayes (1936-1938) - Lies Lanckman

List of FiguresBiographical NotesIndex

Stars, Fan Magazines and Audiences is a highly engaging volume that reflects the newest trends in scholarship on fan magazine and stardom. Combining the concerns of film history with those of periodical studies, the book shifts our understanding of fan magazines: rather than simply historical sources, here they are treated as material objects, worthy of study in their own right.
Agata Frymus, Author of Damsels and Divas: European Stardom in Silent Hollywood
This innovative collection of essays provides new perspectives on the film fan magazine. The wide-ranging case studies demonstrate that fan magazines around the world offered readers important and alternative means of consuming films and film stars. It is an engaging, scholarly contribution to a burgeoning field of interest.
Mark Glancy, Queen Mary University of London
Tamar Jeffers McDonald is Professor of Film History, and Dean of the School of Art and Media, at the University of Brighton

Lies Lanckman is a Senior Lecturer in Film at UWE Bristol

Sarah Polley is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Kent

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