Hawks Edited Collection Shortlisted for a Prize

9ddd6ba7e3a8066d4cbc2a65141fbb32_3574_0My chapter on Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell ‘A Travesty on Sex’: Gender and Performance in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ appeared last year in an edited collection called Howard Hawks: New Perspectives. I recently discovered that this book has been shortlisted in the top three for this year’s Kraszna-Krausz Book Award in the category of Best Moving Image Book.

The Kraszna-Krausz award celebrates excellence in photography and moving image publishing, with prize for the Best Photography Book Award and the Best Moving Image Book published each year.  The shortlist was announced last week and the winner will be announced on Thursday, at this year’s  Photo London, exhibition at Somerset House where there is a display of material from the shortlisted and winning books this week.

It was my long standing interest in pin-up brought me to the project, and naturally it is through the lens of Monroe and Russell’s pin-up personas that I investigate their roles and Continue reading

Another chance to download my Bunny Yeager article free.

For the next 48 hours my Bunny Yeager article is available free from Feminist Media Histories as part of their Women’s History Month offer.

N.B. The window for the free download has now expired, anyone who can’t access the paper through their library send me a message.

Free Cheesecake – this week only

My article on Bunny Yeager, ‘Having her Cheesecake and Eating It’, in the journal Feminist Media Histories is available to download FOR FREE FOR THIS WEEK ONLY!

If you are into retro culture, pin-up photography, feminism and sexploitation cinema, this SHOULD be right up your street.14915144_607211236129893_3543917913881494731_n

FMH say:
In this week’s free article download, Ellen Wright writes about the life and work of photographer Bunny Yeager in “Having her Cheesecake and Eating it: Performance, Professionalism and the politics of the Gaze in the Pin-Up Self Portraiture of Bunny Yeager.”
Wright demonstrates how Yeager “embodied a mode of professional and sexual agency that engaged with broader, progressive ideas pertaining to women’s labor and identity circulating in 1960s America as part of feminism’s second wave.”
Free to download from our website for the next 7 days…

So simply hop on over to their page by giving the image above a click and give it a
download.
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Feminist Media Histories: Bunny Yeager podcast!

14449826_588230834694600_8832240371205123592_nI’m featured in the first ever Feminist Media Histories podcast! Sharing air time with the wonderful Hilary Hallett and Lois Banner, all talking about our contributions to the current issue of FMH on Histories of Celebrity with Feminist Media Histories editor Shelley Stamp.

In the interview i discuss my work on Bunny Yeager and 1960s celebrity culture, which features in the current issue (for more details, see previous posts). So give it a listen and if you’re feeling fruity, give it a share too. The podcast also includes the special issue’s guest editor Hilary A. Hallett talking about gender and histories of celebrity, and an interview with Lois Banner, whose article concentrates on the feminism of the Great Garbo.

 

Bunny Yeager article – out now

Well… Its out! My article ‘Having Her Cheesecake and Eating It: Performance, Professionalism, and the Politics of the Gaze in the Pinup Self-Portraiture of Bunny Yeager’ on the  agency and professional celebrity of ‘the world’s prettiest photographer’ is up there on the Feminist Media Histories page.

If anyone who’s not a scholar wants a read, pm me and I can email you a copy over as its currently behind a paywall.

The issue also features Jennifer Clark’s article on celebrity performances and television labor practices of The Gypsy Rose Lee Show. I’m really looking forward to reading this!

http://fmh.ucpress.edu/content/2/4/116

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IHR History Spot Podcast: Spectacular Bodies

The latest History SPOT Podcast from the Institute of Historical Research, features Dr. Ellen Wright giving her paper Spectacular Bodies: The Swimsuit, Censorship and Hollywood. The paper was given at the IHR as part of the Sport and Leisure History series on the 3rd of June. It forms part of an ongoing research project for Dr. Wright into Hollywood, the swimsuit, pin-up imagery and advertising.

The talk explores the mutually beneficial relationship between the American swimsuit and film industries during the first three decades of the twentieth century.  Ideas here formed the basis for my article ‘Spectacular Bodies: The Swimsuit, Sexuality and Hollywood’ in Sport in History v.35 #3, 2015.

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