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Introduction - Against Type: Isabelle Huppert's Unorthodox Stardom Nick Rees-Roberts (Sorbonne Nouvelle University Paris, France) and Darren Waldron (University of Manchester, UK) 1. Intimate Distance: The Face of Isabelle Huppert Darren Waldron (University of Manchester, UK) 2. The Calculated Maladresse: Isabelle Huppert's Dual Performance Style Pedro Guimaraes (University of Campinas, Brazil) 3. Women in Extremis: Isabelle Huppert in the Director's Theatre George Sampatakakis (University of Patras, Greece) 4. Enduring Extremity: on Isabelle Huppert's Intertextual Body Jules O'Dwyer (University of Cambridge, UK) 5. Maternal Eroticism: Queering Isabelle Huppert Emma Wilson (University of Cambridge, UK) 6. Huppert's Public: Audience Reception and the Cinema of Michael Haneke Joseph McGonagle (University of Manchester, UK) 7. Huppert and Chabrol: Opacity, Dissonance and the Crystal-Character Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze (University of Durham, UK) 8. Embodying the White (Colonial) Woman: Isabelle Huppert's Roles in Postcolonial Film Kaya Davies Hayon (University of Lincoln, UK) 9. Acting Funny: A Counter-Reading of Huppert's Star Persona Raphaelle Moine (Sorbonne Nouvelle University Paris, France) 10. "Who the Hell is Isabelle Huppert?": A French Star in America Alison Taylor (Bond University, Australia) 11. After Elle: Isabelle Huppert's Performance of Fame, Fashion, and Feminism Nick Rees-Roberts (Sorbonne Nouvelle University Paris, France) Index

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Deconstructs Huppert's star persona and public profile through critical and theoretical analysis of her various screen roles.

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Nick Rees-Roberts is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III, France. His research spans fashion, film and media-culture and he is the author of French Queer Cinema (first ed. 2008, second ed. 2014), and Fashion Film: Art and Advertising in the Digital Age (2018), co-author of Homo exoticus: race, classe et critique queer (2010), and co-editor of Alain Delon: Style, Stardom and Masculinity (2015). Darren Waldron is Senior Lecturer in French and European Cinema at the University of Manchester, UK. He is the author of Jacques Demy (2014), Queering Contemporary French Popular Cinema (2009), co-author of French and Spanish Queer Cinema: Audiences, Communities and Cultural Exchange (2016) and co-editor of Alain Delon: Style, Stardom and Masculinity (2015) and France at the Flicks: Trends in Contemporary French Popular Cinema (2007).


This book assembles a brilliant cast of scholars to reflect on the complex meanings and effects of Isabelle Huppert's prolific career and compelling star persona. The diversity of critical approach illuminates Huppert's potent, often paradoxical place in French cinema and beyond, situating her in relation to contemporary ethics, feminist, queer and postcolonial politics, auteurism, genre, popular reception and the nature of stardom itself. This is the essential - and very readable - work on a culturally significant figure, and also an important intervention in film and star studies. * Diana Holmes, Professor of French at the University of Leeds, UK *

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