The Thrill Makers: Celebrity, Masculinity, and Stunt Performance

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The Thrill Makers: Celebrity, Masculinity, and Stunt Performance

Format:  Paperback,

270 pages

Publisher: Univ of California Pr

Publish Date: May 2012

ISBN-13: 9780520270893

ISBN-10: 0520270894

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Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Publish Date: May 2012
ISBN-13: 9780520270893
ISBN-10: 0520270894
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 270
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.84
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.75

Chapter outline

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Adventures of the Bridge Jumperp. 13
The Adventures of the Human Flyp. 48
The Adventures of the Lion Tamerp. 81
The Adventures of the Aeronautp. 124
Conclusionp. 182
Notesp. 195
Further Readingp. 261
Indexp. 265

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Well before Evel Knievel or Hollywood stuntmen, reality television or the X Games, North America had a long tradition of stunt performance, of men (and some women) who sought media attention and popular fame with public feats of daring. Many of these feats—jumping off bridges, climbing steeples and buildings, swimming incredible distances, or doing tricks with wild animals—had their basis in the manual trades or in older entertainments like the circus.

In T he Thrill Makers, Jacob Smith shows how turn-of-the-century bridge jumpers, human flies, lion tamers, and stunt pilots first drew crowds to their spectacular displays of death-defying action before becoming a crucial, yet often invisible, component of Hollywood film stardom. Smith explains how these working-class stunt performers helped shape definitions of American manhood, and pioneered a form of modern media celebrity that now occupies an increasingly prominent place in our contemporary popular culture.

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