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Class-Passing: Social Mobility in Film and Popular Culture Paperback – August 29, 2005

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"Both timely and pertinent to the current discussion on class and culture in the US, Foster's book is a must. Summing up: Essential."--CHOICE

Chosen as an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice in 2005.

"Foster presents a timely indictment of US 'celebrity' culture,wherein a credit card, plastic surgery, and happy pills represent thekeys to the American Dream. She examines how constant exposure to thefantasy world of the rich and famous impacts the lives of averageindividuals, who try to replicate these worlds through behavior, dress,and, in many cases, dieting and/or plastic surgery. And if all thisfails to help them achieve the American Dream of unending luxury andfame, these celebrity-seduced individuals can always turn topharmaceuticals for their ultimate happiness.

Foster also points out that the illusions created by the media lead many tobelieve they can "class-pass" as one of their favorite celebrities with a mere swipe of their credit card, an idea promoted throughadvertisements, reality television shows such as Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and documentary programming like VH1's The Fabulous Life. Both timely and pertinent to the current discourse on class and culture in the US, Foster's book is a must. Summing Up: Essential. All readers; all levels. -- A. F. Winstead

About the Author

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is an award winning experimental filmmaker and author of numerous books in film, women's studies and experimental film. Her documentary, The Women Who Made the Movies, a documentary on the history of female film directors, is distributed by Women Make Movies Inc. Her book, Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/Constructions in the Cinema, was named an Outstanding Title in the Humanities for 2004 by Choice. Foster is Willa Cather Professor Emerita in Film Studies at the University of Nebraska.

Visit for more information on Foster's experimental films. Visit for more information on the publications of Gwendolyn Audrey Foster.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (August 29, 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 152 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0809326566
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0809326563
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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