Deconstructing Brad Pitt

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Christopher Schaberg, Robert Bennett
Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Oct 9, 2014 - Social Science - 296 pages
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The reactions evoked by images of and stories about Brad Pitt are many and wide-ranging: while one person might swoon or exclaim, another rolls his eyes or groans. How a single figure provokes such strong, often opposing emotions is a puzzle, one elegantly explored and perhaps even solved by Deconstructing Brad Pitt.

Co-editors Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett have shaped a book that is not simply a multifaceted analysis of Brad Pitt as an actor and as a celebrity, but which is also a personal inquiry into how we are drawn to, turned on, or otherwise piqued by Pitt's performances and personae. Written in accessible prose and culled from the expertise of scholars across different fields, Deconstructing Brad Pitt lingers on this iconic actor and elucidates his powerful influence on contemporary culture.

The editors will be donating a portion of their royalties to Pitt's Make It Right foundation.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
CHAPTER ONE Making Montana
9
CHAPTER TWO Romantic Hero
21
CHAPTER THREE On Crashing
36
CHAPTER FOUR Suburban Rage
55
CHAPTER FIVE Abyss of Simulation
78
CHAPTER SIX Brangelina Blend
94
CHAPTER SEVEN Art Muse
113
CHAPTER TEN Becoming Brad
164
CHAPTER ELEVENA Star is Born
178
CHAPTER TWELVE Brad Pitt for Mayor
189
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Gay for Brad
204
Failure
213
Postscript? Madness
219
BIBLIOGRAPHY
233
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
247

CHAPTER EIGHT Oedipus Cop
135
CHAPTER NINE Anger of Achilles
153

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Christopher Schaberg is Associate Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, USA, and author of The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2013).

Robert Bennett
is Associate Professor of English at Montana State University-Bozeman, USA, and author of Deconstructing Post-WWII New York City: The Literature, Art, Jazz, and Architecture of an Emerging Global Capital (2003).

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