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The Ultimate Stallone Reader


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Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction: Presenting Stallone/Stallone Presents, by Chris Holmlund Staying Alive: Stallone, Authorship and Contemporary Hollywood Aesthetics, by Paul Ramaeker Logic is the Cure, Meet the Disease: The Melos of Cobra, by Scott Higgins I, of the Tiger: Self and Self-Obsession in the Rocky Series, by Eric Lichtenfeld Stallone and Hollywood in Transition, by Mark Gallagher Adventures in Acting: Stallone the Performer, by Chris Holmlund Stallone's Stomach: Cop Land and the Weight of Actorly Legitimisation, by Paul McDonald The Rocky Effect: Sylvester Stallone as Sport Hero, by Alexandra Keller & Frazer Ward 'Who wouldn't want a body like that?': Masculinity, Muscularity and Male Audiences for the Films of Sylvester Stallone, by Ian Huffer Sylvester Stallone and John Rambo's Trek across Asia: Politics, Performance and American Empire, by Gina Marchetti Stallone, Ageing and Action Authenticity, by Yvonne Tasker Filmography Index

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Chris Holmlund is Arts and Sciences Excellence Professor of Cinema Studies and French at the University of Tennessee. She is the author of Impossible Bodies (2002), editor of American Cinema of the 1990s (2008), co-editor of Contemporary American Independent Film (2005) and Between the Sheets, In the Streets: Queer, Lesbian, Gay Documentary (1997).


This wide-ranging collection of perceptive and provocative essays turns the iconic figure and films of Sylvester Stallone into a dynamic conversation not only about Stallone himself but also about key issues and debates in cinema culture today. -- Timothy Corrigan, University of Pennsylvania

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