Transnational stardom

Authored by: Russell Meeuf

The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138924956
eBook ISBN: 9781315684062
Adobe ISBN: 9781317408055

10.4324/9781315684062.ch18

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Abstract

This essay explores the centrality of gender to the phenomenon of transnational stardom, arguing that what makes transnational stars “transnational” is their ability to navigate the gendered tensions of globalization. Recognizing that the historical process of globalization has created not just macro-level political and economic transformations but also transformations in everyday life and culture—including uneven transformations in the definitions of masculinity and femininity around the world—this essay explores how stars whose fame and labor cross national borders manage ideas about gender within global capitalism.

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