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Stardom and distinction: Sharon Stone and the problem of legitimacy

Feasey, R (2004) 'Stardom and distinction: Sharon Stone and the problem of legitimacy.' Scope, May. ISSN 1465-9166

Abstract

Film reviews, star interviews and feature articles routinely present the Hollywood actress Sharon Stone as an incompetent and mannered performer put on display for the male gaze. From this estimation, the primary aim of this article is to i) consider Sharon Stone’s status as someone to look at, ii) examine Stone’s bid for acting legitimacy and iii) demonstrate the ways in which review media shared an agenda as they tried to contain that bid. My point here is that although Sharon Stone made a conscious effort to take on challenging roles that would re-define her body as a site of performance rather than a site of erotic spectacle, a wide range of review publications that span media forms of quality and distinction continued to subjugate the performer to the controlling male gaze and devalue the accoutrements of femininity accordingly.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 17:01
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:30
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/5568
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