Marilyn Monroe: immortalised sex symbol: iconic femininity refracted through American culture, star studies and textual analysis

Chellew, Denyse (2009) Marilyn Monroe: immortalised sex symbol: iconic femininity refracted through American culture, star studies and textual analysis. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation discusses how femininity has been refracted through the image of Marilyn Monroe throughout her career and after her death, articulating the various means through which she was used as a tool to demonstrate notions of the ideal woman and feminine behaviours throughout 1950s America. Marilyn Monroe was a Hollywood star whose image became the embodiment of many ideals amongst women and she became an icon who many aspired to in order to achieve a similar aura of femininity. Even since her death, Monroe is still noted for her feminine representation and the aura of sexuality that is anchored within her image and she has become an iconic figure for imitation. Within this dissertation, I will argue the extent to which Monroe's image has been used and reproduced in order to illustrate various ideologies that employ connotations of femininity and sexuality anchored within the icon. This study will evaluate aspects of the star and femininity in three main areas in order to assess the scope of the discussion, namely 1950s culture, Hollywood musicals and references to Monroe in other celebrity images such as Madonna. Interpretations of femininity will also be considered throughout the discussion, evaluating how ideological functions of Monroe can be deconstructed through different media types such as film, magazine articles and music videos.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/686

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