Celebrity Culture Reader

ISBN-10: 0415337925
ISBN-13: 9780415337922
Edition: 2007
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Description: What defines celebrity? Why is the ubiquitous cult of celebrity so important in contemporary Western culture? Through its combination of classic pieces and more contemporary writings,The Celebrity Culture Readerexamines the proliferation of the  More...

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List price: $58.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 872
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.75" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

What defines celebrity? Why is the ubiquitous cult of celebrity so important in contemporary Western culture? Through its combination of classic pieces and more contemporary writings,The Celebrity Culture Readerexamines the proliferation of the study of celebrity over the last two decades, and the significance and importance of celebrity in contemporary culture. The contributors look at the cult of celebrity from Alexander the Great, to the transformation of the actor into a public person in the eighteenth century, to the industrial apparatus leading to the star system in early narrative film. Taking a broad definition of the concept of celebrity, the Reader discusses music celebrity as personified by New Kids on the Block, the celebrity status of literary authors, the emergence of CEOs as corporate business celebrities, and the role of celebrity in politics. Individual articles move from discussion of recognized celebrities such as Madonna, Michael Jackson and Princess Diana through to realitytelevision and the idea that through enough self-promotion, anyone can now achieve celebrity status. TheCelebrity Culture Readeris divided into the following sections, each with an introduction by the editor: * Celebrity and Modernity: The Historical Pattern of Celebrity * The Textual and the ExtraTextual Dimensions of the Public Persona * Ascribed Celebrity: the Transformed Public Sphere * Transgression: Scandal, Notoriety and Infamy * The Body and Celebrity * Celebrity Culture: Narcissism, Fandom and the Will-to-Celebrity * Celebrity Nation: Celebrity in National Contexts * The Celebrity Industry: the Management of Fame * Surface and Depth: Celebrity in the 'Post-Celebrity' Era

Acknowledgements
Editor's Introduction
Celebrity and Modernity: The Historical Pattern of Celebrity Section Introduction
Man as Actor
The Longing of Alexander
The Sociology of Charismatic Authority and The Nature of Charismatic Authority and its Routinization
From Hero to Celebrity: The Human Pseudo-event
The Discourse on Acting Richard de Cordova
The Powerless Elite: Theory and Sociological Research on the Phenomenon of the Stars
The triumph of Mass Idols
Stars as Images
The Textual and the Extra Textual Dimensions of the Public Persona Section Introduction
Television's Personality System
The Meanings of the Popular Music Celebrity: the Construction of Distinctive Authenticity
Is Straight the New Queer? David Beckham and the Dialectics of Celebrity
Articulating Stardom
Feminine Fascinations
Australian Idol and the Attention Economy
Reading Gossip Magazines: the Imagined Communities of 'Gossip' and 'Camp'
Ascribed Celebrity: the Transformed public sphere Section Introduction
Intimately Intertwined in the most public way: Celebrity and Journalism
The Reign of Hype: The contemporary (Literary) Star System
America's new Son: Tiger Woods and America's multiculturalism
The Celebrity Politician
Academostars: Name Recognition
Celebrity and Religion
Phantasmagoric Labor: The New economics of self-presentation
Transgression: Scandal, Notoriety and Infamy Section Introduction
Investigating the Serial Killer: The Seeking of Origins
[Don't] leave me Alone: Tabloid Narrative and the
The quest for fame
Celebrity, the Tabloid and the Democratic Public Sphere
The Celebrity Legacy of the Beatles
Exemplary Differences: Mourning ( and not mourning) a princess
Vanishing point
Narcissism, Fandom and the Will to Celebrity Section Introduction
I don't have a great Body, but I play one on TV: The Celebrity Guide to Fitness and Weight loss in the United States
Beauty and the Female Body
Is there a fan in the House? Affective Sensibility of Fandom
"I'll be there with You": Fans, Fantasy and the figure of Elvis
The Psychology of Achieved Celebrity
"John, a 20 year-old Boston native with a great sense of humor": on the spectacularization of the 'self' and the incorporation of identity in the age of reality television
New Media - New Self: the changing power of the celebrity
The Celebrity Industry: The Management of Fame Section Introduction
The Private Ownership of People
[Walter Winchell]: Stardom
The Negotiated Celebration
Authorizing the Celebrity: Engendering Alternative Identities
Producing Celebrity
Conclusion
References

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