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Bradshaw, Melissa. "Devouring the Diva: Martyrdom as Feminist Backlash in The Rose." Camera Obscura 23.1 (2008): 69-87.
Bradshaw's article attempts to determine why society seeks to destroy its divas. Breaking from general conceptions of "divadom" describing a woman of confidence, haughtiness, and grandeur, Bradshaw provides a different context through which to view the figure, "one of feminine gendering as a stand-in for the fetishized mother -- and a properly feminine self -- that we ambivalently adore, mourn, and hate." Bradshaw primarily uses this film -- and its loose interpretation of the life of Janis Joplin -- as a mode for analyzing societies need to "Devour the Diva."
Custen, George. Bio/Pics: How Hollywood Constructed Public History. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1992.
Custen discusses the role that film plays in creating American history. Bio/Pics create a biography but often times add more drama to the film for entertainment purposes. Bio/Pics are not "concrete illustrations" but, rather, they lead to something more of an interpretation of what the life of the individual or time was like. This book is an analysis of the effects that this type of film -- the general genre to which The Rose belongs -- has on society.

See Also

Davis, Natalie Zemon. "Any Resemblance to Persons Living or Dead: Film and the Challenge of Authenticity." Yale Review 76.4 (1987): 457-78.

Hacker, Marilyn. "Elegy for Janis Joplin." Bad Moon Rising. Ed. Thomas M. Disch. New York: Harper and Row, 1973. 3-5. [poem] http://www.lehigh.edu/~ineng/jbr2/janispoem.html

Loukides, Paul, and Linda K. Fuller. "Surveying Popular Films of Oppression: The Ideological Construction of Women and Madness." Beyond the Stars: Themes and Ideologies in American Popular Film. Ohio: Bowling Green State U. Popular P., 1996. 65-81.

Love, Janis. Conceived, Adapted and Directed by Randal Myler. Inspired by the book Love, Janis by Laura Joplin. A play.

Rollins, Peter C. The Columbia Companion to American History on Film: How the Movies Have Portrayed the American Past. New York: Columbia UP, 2003.