Sylvester Stallone as Star, Icon, Auteur
Sylvester Stallone has been a defining part of American film for nearly four decades. He has made an impact on world entertainment in a surprisingly diverse range of capacities - as actor, writer, producer, and director - all while maintaining a monolithic presence. With The Ultimate Stallone Reader, this icon finally receives concerted academic attention. Eleven original essays by internationally-known scholars examine Stallone's contributions to mainstream cinema, independent film, and television. This volume also offers innovative approaches to star, gender, and celebrity studies, performance analysis, genre criticism, industry and reception inquiry, and the question of what it means to be an auteur. Ultimately, The Ultimate Stallone Reader investigates the place that Sylvester Stallone occupies within an industry and a culture that have both undergone much evolution, and how his work has reflected and even driven these changes.
This wide-ranging collection of perceptive and provocative essays turns the iconic figure and films of Sylvester Stallone into a dynamic conversation not only about Stallone himself but also about key issues and debates in cinema culture today.
Timothy Corrigan, University of Pennsylvania
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Presenting Stallone/Stallone Presents, by Chris Holmlund
Staying Alive: Stallone, Authorship and Contemporary Hollywood Aesthetics, by Paul Ramaeker
Logic is the Cure, Meet the Disease: The Melos of Cobra, by Scott Higgins
I, of the Tiger: Self and Self-Obsession in the Rocky Series, by Eric Lichtenfeld
Stallone and Hollywood in Transition, by Mark Gallagher
Adventures in Acting: Stallone the Performer, by Chris Holmlund
Stallone's Stomach: Cop Land and the Weight of Actorly Legitimisation, by Paul McDonald
The Rocky Effect: Sylvester Stallone as Sport Hero, by Alexandra Keller & Frazer Ward
'Who wouldn't want a body like that?': Masculinity, Muscularity and Male Audiences for the Films of Sylvester Stallone, by Ian Huffer
Sylvester Stallone and John Rambo's Trek across Asia: Politics, Performance and American Empire, by Gina Marchetti
Stallone, Ageing and Action Authenticity, by Yvonne Tasker