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Female Stars of British CinemaThe Women in Question$
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Melanie Williams

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474405638

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474405638.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (a Female British Star)

Conclusion: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (a Female British Star)

(p.194) Chapter 8 Conclusion: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (a Female British Star)
Female Stars of British Cinema

Melanie Williams

Edinburgh University Press

This concluding chapter goes back over the time period covered by the book’s preceeding chapters and thinks about the exclusisons from the category of star which have operated in British cinema, with particular emphasis on the whiteness of the ‘English Rose’ ideal which still dominates British female stardom in spite of some inroads towards a greater BAME presence and greater ethnic diversity. The exclusionary middle-class and heteronormative dimensions to idealised visions of British femininity are also assessed.

Keywords:   Whiteness, BAME actors, English Rose, National identity, class

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