Glamour: A History by Stephen GundleGlamour: A History by Stephen Gundle

Glamour: A History

byStephen Gundle

Paperback | August 15, 2009

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Glamour is one of the most tantalizing and bewitching aspects of contemporary culture - but also one of the most elusive. The aura of celebrity, the style of the fashion world, the vanity of the rich and beautiful, and the publicity-driven rites of cafe society are all imbued with its irresistible magnetism. But what exactly is glamour? Where does it come from? How old is it? And can anyone quite capture its magic? Stephen Gundle answers all these questions and more in this first ever history of the phenomenon, from Paris in the tumultuous final decades of the eighteenth century through to Hollywood, New York, and Monte Carlo in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from Napoleon to Marlene Dietrich andMarilyn Monroe, from Beau Brummell to Gianni Versace. Throughout, the book captures the excitement and sex appeal of glamour while exposing its mechanisms and exploring its sleazy and sometimes tragic underside. As Gundle shows, while glamour is exciting and magnetic, its promise is ultimately an illusion that can only ever be partiallyfulfilled.
Stephen Gundle is Professor of Film and Television Studies at Warwick University, having previously taught at Royal Holloway, University of London and both Oxford and Cambridge universities. He has written widely about Italian and European culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, his work focusing especially on the mass medi...
Title:Glamour: A HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.04 inPublished:August 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199569789

ISBN - 13:9780199569786


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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Walter Scott and the origins of glamour2. Building the shopping city in London and Paris3. The birth of sex appeal4. Wealth and style in the gilded age5. Cafe society and the publicity phenomenon6. The Hollywood star system7. The Riviera touch8. Glamour for the masses9. Photography and the public image10. Style, pastiche, and excess11. Harlots and heiressesConclusion

Editorial Reviews

"This book is a thoroughly comprehensive and meticulously researched history of glamour." --THES. 17/07/2008