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Gaylyn Studlar, Kevin S. Sandler
On April 14, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg. Taking more than 1500 souls with her, the ship sank on what was intended to be its glorious maiden voyage. In 1997, eighty-five years after this tragedy, James Cameron's Titanic became the highest-grossing film in North America, and shortly thereafter, the first motion picture to earn a billion dollars worldwide.
The cultural studies and film scholars who have contributed thirteen essays to this collection ask the key question-Why? What made the Titanic such a popular movie? What makes it so fascinating to the film-going public? Contributors address questions of the representations of class, sexuality, and gender and analyze the cross-cultural reception of the film in nationally specific contexts. In addition, they address Titanic's multifaceted relationships to genre, history, celebrities, and contemporary social and economic concerns.
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