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The Mirror of Difference

Garrett Stewart

Film Theory and Criticism, Film History

Queer Screens

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Printed Paper Cased
Available November 2022
ISBN: 9780814349090
Pages: 280 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 35 black-and-white images
Available November 2022
ISBN: 9780814349083
Pages: 280 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 35 black-and-white images
Available November 2022
ISBN: 9780814349106

At every stage of her career, Barbra Streisand’s genius finds its fullest measure in screen song, first in Emmy-winning TV specials, then in Hollywood blockbusters from Funny Girl to Funny Lady. She goes on, as emerging auteur, to direct her own "musical concepts" in A Star Is Born—before reconceiving the big-screen musical altogether in the writing as well as directing of her own starring role in Yentl ("A Film with Music"). In this intensive reading of the "actress-who-sings," Garrett Stewart notes the gender and ethnic stereotypes that Streisand shattered as the first openly Jewish superstar, while concentrating not just on the cultural difference she made but on the internal differentials of her unholy vocal gift—whose kinetic volatility shapes a kind of cinematic terrain all its own. Down through her filmed return to the concert stage, Stewart elicits the sinuous phonetic text of Streisand’s on-screen musical delivery in a keenly attentive mode of audition that puts into fresh perspective the indelible aura of her stardom.

Garrett Stewart, a professor of literature and cinema, is the author of many books, including four on film, most recently Cinemachines: An Essay on Media and Method.