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The thrill makers : celebrity, masculinity, and stunt performance

Author: Jacob Smith
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2012.
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Well before Evel Knievel or Hollywood stuntmen, reality television or the X Games, North America had a long tradition of stunt performance, of men (and some women) who sought media attention and popular fame with public feats of daring. Many of these feats--jumping off bridges, climbing steeples and buildings, swimming incredible distances, or doing tricks with wild animals--had their basis in the manual trades or  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Smith, Jacob.
Thrill Makers : Celebrity, Masculinity, and Stunt Performance.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jacob Smith
ISBN: 9780520952362 0520952367 0520270886 9780520270886 0520270894 9780520270893
OCLC Number: 792684983
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction --
The adventures of the bridge jumper --
The adventures of the human fly --
The adventures of the lion tamer --
The adventures of the aeronaut --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Jacob Smith.

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Shows how bridge jumpers, human flies, lion tamers, and stunt pilots first drew crowds to their spectacular displays of death-defying action before becoming a crucial, yet often invisible, component  Read more...

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