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Deconstructing Brad Pitt


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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS FOREWORD Robert Bennett, Montana State University-Bozeman, USA PREFACE Christopher Schaberg, Loyola University New Orleans, USA INTRODUCTION 1. Making Montana Ben Leubner, Montana State University-Bozeman, USA 2. Romantic Hero Elizabeth Abele, SUNY Nassau Community College, USA 3. On Crashing Christopher Schaberg, Loyola University New Orleans, USA 4. Suburban Rage Robert Bennett, Montana State University-Bozeman, USA 5. Abyss of Simulation Randy Laist, Goodwin College, USA 6. Brangelina Blend Michele White, Tulane University, USA 7. Art Muse Sarah Juliet Lauro, Clemson University, USA 8. Oedipus Cop Fran Pheasant-Kelly, University of Wolverhampton, UK 9. Anger of Achilles Rick Hudson, Bath Spa University, UK 10. Becoming Brad Bob Batchelor, Thiel College, USA 11. A Star is Born Andy Horton, University of Oklahoma, USA 12. Brad Pitt for Mayor Thomas Bayer, Tulane University, USA 13. Gay for Brad Edmond Y. Chang, Drew University, USA CODA: FAILURE Brian A. Sullivan, Loyola University New Orleans, USA POSTSCRIPT? MADNESS Robert Bennett, Montana State University-Bozeman, USA BIBLIOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTORS INDEX Susan Clements, USA ARTWORK Nancy Bernardo, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

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Provides a perspectival analysis of Brad Pitt as a multiplex of fantasies and desires that get played out through Pitt's visage on and off screen.

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Christopher Schaberg is Associate Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, USA, and author of The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2013). Robert Bennett is Associate Professor of English at Montana State University-Bozeman, USA, and author of Deconstructing Post-WWII New York City: The Literature, Art, Jazz, and Architecture of an Emerging Global Capital (2003).


With just the right mix of wit, self-awareness, and critical passion, the authors subject the curious case of brand Pitt--artist and star, boy toy and generational icon, Redford scion and Ninth Ward architect, Chanel shill and co-proprietor of the going concern known as Brangelina--to edifying and satisfying scrutiny. * Eric Lott, City University of New York, The Graduate Center, USA *
Deconstructing Brad Pitt will shock you the moment you find out it exists. The instinctive reaction to such a work is that academic analysis and Hollywood stardom do not to make good bedfellows. This is exactly why you open the first page, and you find yourself hooked ... It is a highly readable book, full of personal insights, first-person narratives and analyses based on the cultural studies literature. -- Helena Vieira * LSE Review of Books *
In this exciting anthology, Schaberg and Bennett continue the work of DeAngelis, Negra, and Pomerance, once again demonstrating that an intensive study of a popular Hollywood film star will reveal not the margins, but the center of how American culture functions. The path charted by Richard Dyer 35 years ago has led to a flourishing of analyses of stardom, wonderfully executed here by Schaberg, Bennett, and their collaborators, who skillfully interrogate Brad Pitt's cinematic, popular, and political image. The first rule of Brad Pitt Studies is you MUST read and talk about _Deconstructing Brad Pitt! * Walter Metz, Southern Illinois University, USA *
_Deconstructing Brad Pitt, edited by Robert Bennett and Christopher Schaberg, is an anthology of multi-disciplinary, multi-perspectival engagements with the figure of Brad Pitt. The book is a strange and compelling meshwork of affect, memory and desire, as each author/artist follows a richly surprising line that leads readers to places they might never have found on their own. Some of these places are whimsical while others are more perilous and reverberate with disaster, crises, madness, and failure. It would quite miss the point to say that this collection is a celebrity study - it transverses multiple disciplines from cultural studies to psychoanalysis to new materialist feminism and queer theory. Yet, it is not bound by any of these approaches. Ranging from visual essays to personal accounts, the collection articulates "Brad Pitt" as an event that is proximate to place, industry, nature, ruin, representation, and resilience. Moving into and away from the performative features of Brad Pitt, as celebrity and as citizen who could be considered the unofficial mayor of New Orleans, _Deconstructing Brad Pitt invites us to imagine what it might be like to theorize engagement as entanglement, as a productive crash into the objects that surround us. It invites us to take seriously what others too quickly ignore or leave behind. * Joy V. Fuqua, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Queens College/CUNY, USA, and author of Prescription TV: Therapeutic Discourse in the Hospital and at Home (2012) *
An in-depth look into the cultural phenomenon called Brad Pitt, this book is for both fans and detractors of the actor. If you are expecting tabloid fodder and TMZ-like stories, don't pick up this book because Deconstructing Brad Pitt by Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett is a serious academic treatise which happens to be an easy and fun read. -- Mari Davis * *
Deconstructing Brad Pitt is an ambitious exploration of Brad Pitt as a man, actor and celebrity. ...a fascinating exploration of Brad Pitt as an icon, the roles he has played and the impact of his celebrity status on contemporary life. * Celebrity Studies *
Overall Deconstructing Brad Pitt is a compelling read, most suitable for a scholarly audience though accessible to well-read mass audience that seeks thoughtful commentary on American popular culture. Pitt as actor, celebrity, philanthropist, father, partner, environmentalist, liberal activist, man, tabloid fodder, artist sheds light on many aspects of American popular culture and society. * American Studies *
Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett's edited collection Deconstructing Brad Pitt is an extremely remarkable volume and honest to the core ... It is the first academic study focused on the superstar, and it helps introduce Brad in newer ways to his readers as well as his fans. * Journal of Film and Video *

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