Charlotte Gainsbourg

Transnational and transmedia stardom

By Felicity Chaplin

Charlotte Gainsbourg


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4297-9
  • Pages: 216
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: October 2020
  • BIC Category: The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, The arts / Film theory & criticism, Film Studies, HISTORY / Europe / France, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, Individual Actors & Performers, French


Actress, singer, indie icon and embodiment of Parisian cool, Charlotte Gainsbourg is one of the most intriguing yet understated stars of our time. This book, the first detailed study of Gainsbourg, charts the trajectory of her star persona across four decades, from her early work with her father and ground-breaking collaboration with Claude Miller to her more recent collaborations with Lars von Trier and music producers like Beck and Air. The book combines textual analysis of performance, costume, place, characterisation and narrative with archival research and extra-cinematic materials to interrogate the construction of Gainsbourg's persona. As well as providing a comprehensive overview of her career to date, it examines her circulation in a transnational context and across a range of media platforms, exploring notions of gender, beauty and nationality in relation to her embodiment of femininity, Frenchness and transnationality.


1 The initial(s) C.G.
2 Turning point: my wife is an actress (and a star)
3 'Je t'aime, moi non plus': The (dys)functional relationship of Gainsbourg and von Trier
4 Generic and geographic border crossings: the (un)homeliness of Gainsbourg's persona
5 Transmedia stardom and celebrity

Works cited


Felicity Chaplin is Scholarly Teaching Fellow in French Studies at Monash University

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