Stars fascinate and engage students and studying them provides an effective means of exploring a range of issues and theories in Film and Media Studies. "Teaching Stars and Performance" examines what makes and defines a star and how a star is constructed through both a film text and associated fragmentary texts of publicity, promotion, criticism and gossip - a very useful area for cross-media investigation. The guide also looks at: the historical and social context of these ideological meanings; the marketing of stars to a range of audiences as a way of examining the film industry and film genres and of comparing the construction and appeal of stars in Hollywood and in Britain; audiences in relation to theories of spectatorship and audience identification and fandom; screen performance in relation to theatrical influences, the development of method; acting and the construction of performance through cinematography as well as physical movement. As with all the guides in this series, this title is supported by additional student materials on dedicated password accessible web pages.
Jill Poppy has taught English, Media and Film studies at GCSE and AS/A2 levels and Film Studies to undergraduates. She is principal examiner for Film Studies and is a mentor for the British Film Institute panel of tutors. She contributes regularly to the British Film Institute teacher training programmes and student events and has provided in-service training for the English and Media Centre, NATE and other professional organisations. She has written a range of study guides.