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Some Kind of Mirror: Creating Marilyn Monroe - Book Signing with Author Dr. Amanda Konkle

Synopsis:
Some Kind of Mirror: Creating Marilyn Monroe was published by Rutgers University Press in February 2019. Amanda Konkle’s book, Some Kind of Mirror: Creating Marilyn Monroe, offers the first extended scholarly analysis of Marilyn Monroe’s film performances, examining how they united the contradictory discourses about women’s roles in 1950s America. Although she remains one of the all-time most recognizable Hollywood icons, critics have typically viewed Monroe’s film roles as extensions of her sexpot star persona. Yet this ignores both the subtle variations between these roles and the acting skill that went into the creation of Monroe’s public persona.

 

Konkle suggests that Monroe’s star persona resonated with audiences precisely because it engaged with the era’s critical debates regarding femininity, sexuality, marriage, and political activism. Furthermore, she explores how Monroe drew from the techniques of Method acting and finely calibrated her performances to better mirror her audience’s anxieties and desires.Some Kind of Mirror is about why 1950s America made Monroe a star, but it is also about how Marilyn defined an era.

 

Review:

 

The book has been positively reviewed in the Midwest Book Review, which I've copied below: 

 
Mason's Bookshelf
 
Some Kind of Mirror
Amanda Konkle
Rutgers University Press
106 Somerset St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
9781978802612 $29.95 pbk / $29.95 Kindle amazon.com
 
Synopsis: Although she remains one of the all-time most recognizable Hollywood icons, Marilyn Monroe has seldom been ranked among the greatest actors of her generation. Critics have typically viewed her film roles as mere extensions of her sexpot star persona. Yet this ignores both the subtle variations between these roles and the acting skill that went into the creation of Monroe's public persona.
 
Some Kind of Mirror offers the first extended scholarly analysis of Marilyn Monroe's film performances, examining how they united the contradictory discourses about women's roles in 1950s America. Amanda Konkle suggests that Monroe's star persona resonated with audiences precisely because it engaged with the era's critical debates regarding femininity, sexuality, marriage, and political activism. Furthermore, she explores how Monroe drew from the techniques of Method acting and finely calibrated her performances to better mirror her audience's anxieties and desires.
 
Drawing both from Monroe's filmography and from 1950s fan magazines, newspaper reports, and archived film studio reports, Some Kind of Mirror considers how her star persona was coauthored by the actress, the Hollywood publicity machine, and the fans who adored her. It is about why 1950s America made Monroe a star, but it is also about how Marilyn defined an era.
 
Critique: Amanda Konkle (Assistant Professor of Film Studies and English at Georgia Southern University's Armstrong Campus) presents Some Kind of Mirror: Creating Marilyn Monroe, a scholarly analysis of the film career of legendary actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), exploring her on-screen personas in the context of discourses in the 1950's about the role of women. Drawing upon an extensive body of research, Some Kind of Mirror is a fascinating study, a must-read for connoisseurs of Monroe's career, and a choice pick for public and college library Film Studies shelves. Highly recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Some Kind of Mirror is also available in a Kindle edition ($29.95).
 
Jack Mason
Reviewer
 
 
Review:
The book has also been briefly reviewed by the Everlasting Star website, http://blog.everlasting-star.net/tag/some-kind-of-mirror-creating-marilyn-monroe/Some Kind of Mirror: Creating Marilyn Monroe is a new academic study of Marilyn’s movie performances by Amanda Konkle. Although set for publication on February 28, it’s already in stock at The Book Depository.  Having just read it, I can whole-heartedly recommend this book: it’s thoughtful without being stuffy, and puts the focus back on Marilyn’s work. Some Kind of Mirror is illustrated with screen-captures from Marilyn’s films, as well as the beautiful cover photo by Eve Arnold (showing Marilyn during filming of The Misfits, toasting her loyal friends and co-workers.)
 
Future Blurb:
The book will also be included in Film History's regular section "Recent Books in Film History" in a forthcoming issue.
 
Book signing at E. Shaver's downtown on May 18, and copies of the book are available in the campus bookstore. 

Saturday, May 18 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

E. Shaver's 326 Bull St. Savannah, GA 31401 912.234.7257

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Outreach / Community Education

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Armstrong Campus

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College of Arts and Humanities

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