Celebrity and Glamour in Contemporary Russia: Shocking Chic

Celebrity and Glamour in Contemporary Russia: Shocking Chic

by Helena Goscilo
     
 

This is the first book to explore the phenomenon of glamour and celebrity in contemporary Russian culture, ranging across media forms, disciplinary boundaries and modes of inquiry, with particular emphasis on the media personality.

The book demonstrates how the process of ‘celebrification’ in Russia coincides with the dizzying pace of social change

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Overview

This is the first book to explore the phenomenon of glamour and celebrity in contemporary Russian culture, ranging across media forms, disciplinary boundaries and modes of inquiry, with particular emphasis on the media personality.

The book demonstrates how the process of ‘celebrification’ in Russia coincides with the dizzying pace of social change and economic transformation, the latter enabling an unprecedented fascination with glamour and its requisite extravagance; how in the 1990s and 2000s, celebrities - such as film or television stars - moved away from their home medium to become celebrities straddling various media; and how celebrity is a symbol manipulated by the dominant culture and embraced by the masses. It examines the primacy of the visual in celebrity construction and its dominance over the verbal, alongside the interdisciplinary, cross-media, post-Soviet landscape of today’s fame culture.

Taking into account both general tendencies and individual celebrities, including pop-diva Alla Pugacheva and ex-President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the book analyses the internal dynamics of the institutions involved in the production, marketing, and maintenance of celebrities, as well as the larger cultural context and the imperatives that drive Russian society’s romance with glamour and celebrity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415587655
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/11/2010
Series:
BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Helena Goscilo is Professor and Chair of Slavic at the Ohio State University, USA. Her recent publications include (as co-editor) Preserving Petersburg: History, Memory, Nostalgia and Cinepaternity: Fathers and Sons in Soviet and Post-Soviet Film.

Vlad Strukov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Russian, and the Centre for World Cinemas, at the University of Leeds, UK. He is the founding editor of Digital Icons: Studies of Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media.

Table of Contents

List of figures xiii

List of contributors xvi

Preface xviii

Acknowledgements xix

Introduction 1

Part 1 The art of politics, and the politics of art 27

1 The ultimate celebrity: VVP as VIP objet d'art Helena Goscilo 29

2 The mistress of Moscow: a case of corporate celebrity Michelle Kuhn 56

Part 2 Prosaic glamour 73

3 Akunin's secret and Fandorin's luck: postmodern celebrity in post-Soviet Russia Brian James Baer Nadezhda Korchagina 75

4 Glamour à la Oksana Robski Tatiana Mikhailova 90

Part 3 Mediating glamour: film, estrada, and new media stars 105

5 Family, fatherland, and faith: the power of Nikita Mikhalkov's celebrity Stephen M. Norris 107

6 "Much ado and nothing": Mikhail Zadornov as a celebrity of Russian comedy Oxana Poberejnaia 127

7 Russian internet stars: gizmos, geeks, and glory Vlad Strukov 144

Part 4 Gendered sounds and screams of stardom 171

8 Feminism à la russe? Pugacheva-Orbakaite's celebrity construction through family bonds Olga Partan 173

9 Elevating Verka Serdiuchka: a star-study in excess performativity Jeremy Morris 195

Part 5 Moscow snobbery: from "high" art to haute cuisine 219

10 Zurab Tsereteli's exegi monumentum, Luzhkov's largesse, and the collateral rewards of animosity Helena Goscilo 221

11 Hot prospekts: dining in the new Moscow Darra Goldstein 279

Index 279

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