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Shooting Stars: Militarization & Celebrity

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dc.contributor.advisor Miller, Char R. Forrest, Rebecca Ann
dc.creator Forrest, Rebecca Ann 2018-10-21T19:17:26Z 2018-10-21T19:17:26Z 2017
dc.description.abstract To explore the relationship between militarization and celebrity and how celebrities have been militarized in 20th century America, this dissertation examines the militarization of Jimmy Stewart, Joe Louis, and Elvis Presley. It discusses the often overlooked saturation of military themes in popular culture through an examination of these celebrities during and after their active duty military service. Celebrity, by romanticizing and aestheticizing the violence of war and military conflict, is one of the spaces that is colonized through militarization to maintain the military’s public support for its violent ends. Through the reading of cultural material including media coverage, images, films, songs, costumes, quotes, and commodities related to the celebrities discussed and their military service, this dissertation argues that the militarization of celebrity masks the horrors of war.
dc.format.extent 275 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2017 Rebecca Ann Forrest
dc.subject American studies en_US
dc.subject Military studies en_US
dc.subject Communication en_US
dc.subject Celebrity en_US
dc.subject Elvis Presley en_US
dc.subject Jimmy Stewart en_US
dc.subject Joe Louis en_US
dc.subject Militarization en_US
dc.subject War en_US
dc.title Shooting Stars: Militarization & Celebrity
dc.type Dissertation Ph.D. Cultural Studies George Mason University

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