Background

Saki Kobayashi is a PhD candidate in Cinema Studies at the Department of Media Studies. She holds BA in Language and Culture from Osaka University and MA in Cinema Studies from Stockholm University.

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Research Interests

Saki's PhD dissertation will study the stardom of Viveca Lindfors, arguably the largest female star in the 1940s Swedish cinema. Through examining Lindfors' stardom based on extensive archival research, the project aims at tackling, above all, the following: the notion of "Swedisheness" from national and transnational perspective, the historically and culturally specific conception of "star" in the 40s Sweden, the star-making machinery in Sweden (with special focus on the interaction between theatre and film) and stars' influence on the 40s Swedish consumer culture.

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