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Author Projansky, Sarah, 1965- author

Title Spectacular girls : media fascination and celebrity culture / Sarah Projansky
Published New York ; London : New York University Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 295 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: finding alternative girlhoods -- Pint-sized and precocious: the girl star in film history -- "It's like floating" or battling the world: mass magazine cover girls -- What is there to talk about? twenty-first-century girl films -- "I'm not changing my hair": Venus Williams and live tv's racialized struggle over athletic girlhood -- Sakia Gunn is a girl: queer African American girlhood in local and alternative media -- "Sometimes I say cuss words in my head": the complexity of third-grade media analysis -- Conclusion: girlhood rethought
Summary "As an omnipresent figure of the media landscape, girls are spectacles. They are ubiquitous visual objects on display at which we are incessantly invited to look. Investigating our cultural obsession with both everyday and high-profile celebrity girls, Sarah Projansky uses a queer, anti-racist feminist approach to explore the diversity of girlhoods in contemporary popular culture. The book addresses two key themes: simultaneous adoration and disdain for girls and the pervasiveness of whiteness and heteronormativity."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-277) and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (JSTOR platform, viewed November 7, 2016)
Subject Celebrities in mass media.
Mass media and girls.
Women in mass media.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013034205
ISBN 0814764797 (electronic bk.)
9780814764794 (electronic bk.)
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