In October 2013, Dr Catherine Grant of Film Studies For Free talked to Dr Tamar Jeffers McDonald, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Kent, UK, about her new book Doris Day Confidential: Hollywood Sex and Stardom (London: I B Tauris, 2013).This book poses as a central question, amongst others, “Why do we assume Doris Day always plays a virgin?” In previous work (the edited collection Virgin Territory, 2010, and an article on Rock Hudson from 2007 - see details here) Jeffers McDonald has examined what ‘playing a virgin’ might mean and consist of; now she turns her attention to how this dominant idea has been circulated, through studying the film fan periodicals which advanced and then froze Day’s stardom, a methodology she explores in detail in this interview. Please visit the Film Studies For Free full website entry on Studying Movie Magazines and Fan Culture! Online Research and Methodology Resources for further information about this interview.

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Welcome to the podcast channel for the Film Studies For Free website. Founded in August 2008, FSFF is a pluralist, pro bono, and purely positive web-archive of examples of, links to, and comment on, online, Open Access, film and moving image studies resources of note. FSFF is lovingly tended (in a personal capacity) by Catherine Grant, of Film Studies at the University of Sussex.