ENGL 243

Star Struck: Stardom and Hollywood Cinema

Why are film stars so fascinating to us and what are the pleasures we get from them? In this course we will study the Hollywood star system and the relationship between performance and stardom. We will examine issues such as the star as commodity, the star as text, and the star as an object of desire. Films to be considered are: “The Godfather,” “Gone with the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Some Like it Hot.” V.6a