Madonna as Postmodern Myth : How One Star's Self-Construction Rewrites Sex, Gender, Hollywood and the American Dream

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Madonna as Postmodern Myth : How One Star's Self-Construction Rewrites Sex, Gender, Hollywood and the American Dream

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 280 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780786414086
  • DDC分類 782.42166092

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Madonna has long been accepted as a pop culture icon, but this text postulates a greater cultural importance by analyzing her as a postmodern myth. This work examines how Madonna methodically discovered and constructed herself (often rewriting her past), the nature and extent of her ambition and the means she used to reach her goals. It also details the way in which she organized her own cult (borrowing from the gay community), devised her artistic output, and cunningly targeted different audiences. It also studies the fundamental contradiction - virgin or vamp? saint or prostitute? - that fuels Madonna's career and describes how Madonna reflects today's society, its contradictions and its attitudes toward sexuality and religion.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    v
Preface 1 (4)
Definitions 5 (21)
Myth 5 (8)
Postmodern: The Story So Far 13 (13)
Desperately Seeking Stardom 26 (65)
Personal and Methodic Construction 27 (11)
Ambitious Grammar 38 (23)
An Organized Cult: The Wizard and Gays 61 (15)
Recuperation 76 (15)
The Fundamental Contradiction 91 (20)
The Virgin and the Vamp 92 (6)
The Mother and the Whore 98 (13)
Drag 111(37)
The Expression Under the Mask 112(11)
Voguing Along 123(8)
Hollywood Palimpsests: Greta, Rita, Dita, 131(17)
and Others
America's Mirror 148(38)
The American Dream 149(8)
Sex and Puritanism 157(18)
A Feminist Credo? 175(1)
Madonna, Backer of the Patriarchy? 176(10)
Conclusion 186(5)
Notes 191(24)
Madonna's Works: References 215(4)
Bibliography 219(30)
Index 249