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Acting for America
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Acting for America focuses on the way film icons have engaged in and defined some major issues of cultural and social concern to America during the 1980s. Scholars employing a variety of useful approaches explore how these movie stars' films speak to an increased audience awareness of advances in feminism, new ideas about masculinity, and the complex political atmosphere in the Age of Reagan. The essays demonstrate the range of these stars' contributions to such conversations in a variety of films, including blockbusters and major genres.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page/Copyright/Dedication
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: Stardom in the 1980s
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Robert De Niro: Star as Actor Auteur
  2. pp. 19-35
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  1. Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger: Androgynous Macho Men
  2. pp. 36-56
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  1. Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek: Country Girls
  2. pp. 57-76
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  1. Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise: Rebellion and Conformity
  2. pp. 77-98
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  1. Michael J. Fox and the Brat Pack: Contrasting Identities
  2. pp. 99-119
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  1. Eddie Murphy: The Rise and Fall of the Golden Child
  2. pp. 120-138
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  1. Sigourney Weaver: Woman Warrior, Working Girl
  2. pp. 139-159
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  1. Harrison Ford: A Well-Tempered Machismo
  2. pp. 160-179
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  1. Sally Field and Goldie Hawn: Feminism, Post-feminism, and Cactus Flower Politics
  2. pp. 180-200
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  1. Meryl Streep: Feminism and Femininity in the Era of Backlash
  2. pp. 201-222
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  1. Clint Eastwood and Bruce Willis: Enforcers Left and Right
  2. pp. 223-242
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  1. Steve Martin and John Candy: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish
  2. pp. 243-262
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  1. In the Wings
  2. pp. 263-269
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 271-277
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 279-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-295
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