This two-volume set presents detailed interpretations of singular
performances by several of the most compelling actors in cinema
history, asking in many different and complementary ways what makes
performance meaningful, how it reflects a director's style, as well
as how it contributes to the development of national cinemas and
cultures. Whether noting the precise ways actors shape film
narrative, achieve emotional effect, or move toward political
subversion, the essays in these books innovate new approaches to
studying screen performance as an art form and cultural force. This
volume focuses on American cinema, including case studies of key
performances from actors like Bette Davis, Irene Dunne, Whoopi
Goldberg, Cary Grant, Oscar Isaac, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino,
Sidney Poitier, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sellers, Kristen Stewart, and
Ethel Waters, amongst many others. Contributors: Brenda
Austin-Smith (University of Manitoba), Rebecca Bell-Metereau (Texas
State University), Charles Ram rez Berg (University of Texas at
Austin), Janet Bergstrom (UCLA), John Bruns (College of
Charleston), Alex Clayton (University of Bristol), Shonni Enelow
(Fordham University), Anna Everett (University of California, Santa
Barbara), Lucy Fischer (University of Pittsburgh), Lester D.
Friedman (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), Frances Gateward
(California State University Northridge), David Greven (University
of South Carolina), Jason Jacobs (University of Queensland),
Elliott Logan (University of Queensland, Brisbane), Douglas
McFarland (Flagler College, Saint Augustine), Adrienne L. McLean
(University of Texas at Dallas), R. Barton Palmer (Clemson
University), Homer B. Pettey (University of Arizona), Murray
Pomerance (Ryerson University), William Rothman (University of
Miami), Steven Rybin (Minnesota State University, Mankato), Kyle
Stevens (Appalachian State University), George Toles (University of
Manitoba), Daniel Varndell (University of Winchester), Timotheus
Vermeulen (University of Oslo), Rick Warner (University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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