Palgrave Close Readings in Film and Television

Adultery and the Female Star

Authors: Gallafent, Edward

  • Examines a number of films that have never been the subject of detailed discussion, as well as a few known favourites
  • Constitutes the first book-length study on adultery in film
  • Provides a thorough close-analysis of specific passages in the work of four Hollywood stars that spans the 20th century 
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About this book

This book provides an in-depth study of Bette Davis, Joan Fontaine, Kim Novak and Meryl Streep, and the treatment of adultery in their films. It avoids the near-impossible challenge of writing about the sheer volume of adultery in film by focusing on specific periods in the work of these four major Hollywood actresses who have each performed roles that share some features but also contain points of difference. The periods discussed cover Davis’s work in 1937 to 1943, Fontaine’s work between 1939 and 1950, Novak in 1954 to 1964, and finally Streep’s work between 1979 and 1985. Closely analysing both established classics and lesser known films, Edward Gallafent explores the work of a broad range of directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Max Ophüls, Sydney Pollack and Billy Wilder. Adultery and the Female Star explores topics such as motherhood, the significance of place, censorship, and adaptation, and is the first book of its kind to take on the topic of adultery in relation to these four actresses. It ultimately argues that our understanding of the adultery narrative is tightly bound up with our understanding of the Hollywood stars that depict it. 

About the authors

Edward Gallafent is Emeritus Professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of Clint Eastwood: Actor and Director (1994), Astaire and Rogers (2000), Quentin Tarantino (2006) and Letters and Literacy in Hollywood Film (2013). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the online publication Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Gallafent, Edward

    Pages 1-11

  • Bette Davis: 1937 to 1943—Motherhood

    Gallafent, Edward

    Pages 13-61

  • Joan Fontaine: 1939 to 1950—Devotion

    Gallafent, Edward

    Pages 63-120

  • Kim Novak: 1954 to 1964—The Stranger

    Gallafent, Edward

    Pages 121-167

  • Meryl Streep: 1979 to 1985—The Present and the Past

    Gallafent, Edward

    Pages 169-209

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-35224-8
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-35223-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Adultery and the Female Star
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Close Readings in Film and Television
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-35224-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-35224-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-35223-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 234
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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