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Revisiting Star StudiesCultures, Themes and Methods$
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Sabrina Qiong Yu and Guy Austin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474404310

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474404310.001.0001

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In your face: Montgomery Clift comes out as crip in The Young Lions

In your face: Montgomery Clift comes out as crip in The Young Lions

(p.225) 11. In your face: Montgomery Clift comes out as crip in The Young Lions
Revisiting Star Studies

Elisabetta Girelli

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter concerns the “aberrant” star image of Montgomery Clift in The Young Lions, after his accident and the loss of his conventional good looks. It analyses Clift’s deliberate self-distortion as an act of subversive intervention in his own image and seeks to challenge traditional star studies which overwhelmingly highlight notions of pleasure and attraction in relation to film stars. With reference to queer theory and crip theory, the chapter opens the field of star studies to the troubling, painful and allegedly ghastly connotations of film stars.

Keywords:   aberrant stardom, Montgomery Clift, crip, subversion

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