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dc.contributor.advisor Klinger, Barbara en Hain, Mark Andrew en 2015-03-15T07:23:10Z 2015-03-15T07:23:10Z 2015-03 en 2015 en
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D.) - Indiana University, Communication and Culture, 2015 en
dc.description.abstract Between 1915 and 1925, Theda Bara, the actress typecast in both cinema and memory as "The Vamp," starred in forty feature films; at present, three are known to survive. Despite this, her star image continues to circulate in popular culture and attract new fans. In examining the reasons for this unusual occurrence, this dissertation presents a cultural history and reception study of Bara's image as it has been adapted, or repurposed, to convey disparate meanings in diverse contexts across a century. Combining archival research and ethnographic interviews, I use Bara as a case study in analyzing the role popular culture plays in people's lives, and how audiences' responses to the media become part of cultural memory. Working with film history, reception, memory, and gender studies methodologies, I argue that repurposings of Bara's image, by the media and by media consumers alike, comprise a historical record, incorporating voices and perspectives often overlooked or unrecorded elsewhere, and revealing a century-long archive of changing values and attitudes about gender, sexuality, ethnic difference, cultural marginalization, and social transgression. By examining how these examples of media consumption function as remembrances, I further make the case that audiences have long served as amateur archivists, curators, and historians of cultural heritage through their interaction with the media and the resultant expressions of taste, knowledge, and affective attachments. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher [Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University en
dc.subject Celebrity studies en
dc.subject Film and media studies en
dc.subject Film history en
dc.subject Memory studies en
dc.subject Reception studies en
dc.subject Theda Bara en
dc.subject.classification Film studies en
dc.subject.classification History en
dc.subject.classification Gender studies en
dc.title Revamped: Theda Bara, Cultural Memory, and the Repurposing of Star Image en
dc.type Doctoral Dissertation en

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