Stardom in postwar France

John Gaffney (Editor), Diana Holmes (Editor)

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The 1950s and 1960s were a key moment in the development of postwar France. The period was one of rapid change, derived from post-World War II economic and social modernization; yet many traditional characteristics were retained. By analyzing the eruption of the new postwar world in the context of a France that was both modern and traditional, we can see how these worlds met and interacted, and how they set the scene for the turbulent 1960s and 70s. The examination of the development of mass culture in post-war France, undertaken in this volume, offers a valuable insight into the shifts that took place. By exploring stardom from the domain of cinema and other fields, represented here by famous figures such as Brigitte Bardot, Johnny Hallyday or Jean-Luc Godard, and less conventionally treated areas of enquiry (politics [de Gaulle], literary [Françoise Sagan], and intellectual culture [LÃ
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUS
Number of pages256
ISBN (Print)978-1-84545-020-5, 1-84545-020-5, 978-0-85745-160-6, 0-85745-160-X
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2008

Publication series

NamePoygons: cultural diversities and intersections


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Gaffney, J., & Holmes, D. (Eds.) (2008). Stardom in postwar France. (Poygons: cultural diversities and intersections; Vol. 12). Berghahn.