On this page, we aim to gather academic networks, projects, books and articles which either focus on film-related magazines or which use these magazines as source materials.


NAPS, the Network of American Periodical Studies


Barbas, S. (2002). Movie crazy: Fans, Stars, and the Cult of Celebrity. Macmillan.

Basinger, J. (2009). The Star Machine. Vintage.

Bean, J. M. (2011). Flickers of Desire: Movie Stars of the 1910s. Rutgers University Press.

deCordova, Richard. (1990). Picture Personalities. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Desjardins, Mary R. (2015). Recycled Stars: Female Film Stardom in the Age of Television and Video. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Dyer, R. (2004). Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society. Psychology Press.

Dyer, R., & McDonald, P. (1998). Stars. British Film Institute.

Eberwein, R. T. (2010). Acting for America: Movie Stars of the 1980s. Rutgers University Press.

Everett, A. (Ed.). (2012). Pretty People: Movie Stars of the 1990s. Rutgers University Press.

Fuller, K. H. (1996). At the Picture Show: Small-Town Audiences and the Creation of Movie Fan Culture. Smithsonian Inst Pr.

Griffin, S. (2011). What Dreams Were Made Of: Movie Stars of the 1940s. Rutgers University Press.

Hermes, J. (1995). Reading Women’s Magazines. An Analysis of Everyday Media Use. Polity Press.

Jacobs, Lea. (2008). The Decline of Sentiment. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Jeffers McDonald, Tamar. (2013). Doris Day Confidential: Hollywood, Sex, and Stardom. London: I. B. Tauris.

Lawrence, Amy. (2010). The Passion of Montgomery Clift. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Levin, Martin. (1977). Hollywood and the Great Fan Magazines. New York: William Morrow.

McCracken, E. (1993). Decoding Women’s Magazines: From Mademoiselle to Ms. Macmillan.

McDonnell, A. (2014). Reading Celebrity Gossip Magazines. John Wiley & Sons.

McLean, Adrienne L. (2004). Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

McLean, A. L. (2011). Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s. Rutgers University Press.

McLean, Adrienne L. and Cook, David A. (2001). Headline Hollywood: A Century of Film Scandal. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

Morrison, J. (2010). Hollywood Reborn: Movie Stars of the 1970s. Rutgers University Press.

Moseley, Rachel. (2003). Growing up with Audrey Hepburn: Text, Audience, Response. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Ohmann, R. M. (1996). Selling Culture: Magazines, Markets, and Class at the Turn of the Century. Verso.

Palmer, R. B. (2010). Larger Than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s. Rutgers University Press.

Pamela, W. R. (Ed.). (2010). New Constellations: Movie Stars of the 1960s. Rutgers University Press.

Petro, P. (2010). Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s. Rutgers University Press.

Pomerance, M. (Ed.). (2011). Shining in Shadows: Movie Stars of the 2000s. Rutgers University Press.

Scott, Henry E. (2010). Shocking True Story. New York: Pantheon.

Slide, Anthony. (2010). Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Sternheimer, Karen. (2011). Celebrity Culture and the American Dream. 1st ed. New York: Routledge.


Gaines, Jane. (1986). ‘War, Women and Lipstick: Fan Mags in the Forties’ in Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics, 5(2): 42-47.

Glancy, Mark. (2011). ‘Picturegoer: The Fan Magazine and Popular Film Culture in Britain During The Second World War’. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 31(4): 453-478.

Hoyt, Eric (2014). ‘Lenses for Lantern: Data Mining, Visualization, and Excavating Film History’s Neglected Sources.’ Film History: An International Journal 26.2: 146-168.

McLean, Adrienne L. (1995). ‘The Cinderella Princess and the Instrument of Evil: Surveying the Limits of Female Transgression in Two Postwar Hollywood Scandals’,Cinema Journal, 34(3):36-56.

Orgeron, Marsha. (2009). ‘“You Are Invited to Participate”: Interactive Fandom in the Age of the Movie Magazine’. Journal of Film and Video, 61.3: 76-97.

Stead, Lisa (2011) ‘“So oft to the movies they’ve been”: British fan writing and female audiences in the silent cinema’, Transformative Works and Cultures, vol. 6.

Stead, Lisa (2013) ‘The big romance’: Winifred Holtby and the fictionalisation of women’s cinemagoing in interwar Yorkshire’, Women’s History Review, Taylor & Francis.

Stein, Sally. (1985). ‘The Graphic Ordering of Desire: Modernization of a Middle-Class Women’s Magazine, 1914-1939′, Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics,5(2): 6-16

McLean, Adrienne L. (2003). ‘”New Films in Story Form”: Movie Story Magazines and Spectatorship’. Cinema Journal, 42(3): 3-26.


McLean, Adrienne L. (2008) ‘Wedding Bells Ring, Storks Are Expected, the Rumours Aren’t True, Divorce Is the Only Answer: Stardom and Fan-Magazine Family Life in 1950s Hollywood,’ in A Family Affair: Cinema Calls Home, Murray Pomerance, ed.

Stead, Lisa (2013) ‘Letter Writing, Cinemagoing and Archive Ephemera’, in Stead L, Smith, CR (eds) The Boundaries of the Literary Archive: reclamation and representation, Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 139-156.

Stead, Lisa (2016) Off to the Pictures: Women’s Writing, Cinemagoing and Movie Culture in Interwar Britain, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press – particularly ‘Screen Fantasies: Tie-ins and the Short Story’ (pp. 32-68).

Stead, Lisa (2017) ‘“Dear Cinema Girls”: Girlhood, Picturegoing and the Interwar Film Magazine’, in Clay C, DiCenzo M, Green B, Hackney F (eds) Edinburgh Companion to Women’s Print Media in Interwar Britain, 1918-1939, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

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