On publication in 1980, STARS was the first attempt to bring together various critical and theoretical approaches to the phenomenon of stardom. This revised edition features a new, supplementary chapter by Paul McDonald, which traces developments in the study of stardom since Dyer's text first appeared. 40 illustrations.
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