Framing Celebrity: New directions in celebrity culture [NOOK Book]

Overview

Celebrity culture has a pervasive presence in our everyday lives – perhaps more so than ever before. It shapes not simply the production and consumption of media content but also the social values through which we experience the world. This collection analyses this phenomenon, bringing together essays which explore celebrity across a range of media, cultural and political contexts.


The authors investigate topics such as the intimacy of fame, ...

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Framing Celebrity: New directions in celebrity culture

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Overview

Celebrity culture has a pervasive presence in our everyday lives – perhaps more so than ever before. It shapes not simply the production and consumption of media content but also the social values through which we experience the world. This collection analyses this phenomenon, bringing together essays which explore celebrity across a range of media, cultural and political contexts.


The authors investigate topics such as the intimacy of fame, political celebrity, stardom in American ‘quality’ television (Sarah Jessica Parker), celebrity 'reality' TV (I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!), the circulation of the porn star, the gallery film (David/David Beckham), the concept of cartoon celebrity (The Simpsons), fandom and celebrity (k.d. lang, *NSYNC), celebrity in the tabloid press, celebrity magazines (heat, Celebrity Skins), the fame of the serial killer and narratives of mental illness in celebrity culture.


The collection is organized into four themed sections:





  • Fame Now broadly examines the contemporary contours of fame as they course through new media sites (such as 'reality' TV and the internet) and different social, cultural and political spaces.



  • Fame Body attempts to situate the star or celebrity body at the centre of the production, circulation and consumption of contemporary fame.



  • Fame Simulation considers the increasingly strained relationship between celebrity and artifice and ‘authenticity’.



  • Fame Damage looks at the way the representation of fame is bound up with auto-destructive tendencies or dissolution.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135653712
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dr Su Holmes is Lecturer in Film and Television at the University of Kent, the author of British TV and Film Culture in the 1950s: Coming to a TV Near You! (2005) and co-editor of Understanding Reality Television (Routledge, 2004).

Dr Sean Redmond is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand, the co-editor of The Cinema of Kathryn Bigelow: Hollywood Transgressor (2003) and the editor of Liquid Metal: The reader in science fiction film (2004).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : understanding celebrity culture 1
2 Intimate fame everywhere 27
3 It's a jungle out there! : playing the game of fame in celebrity reality TV 45
4 'Bringing out the [star] in you' : SJP, Carrie Bradshaw and the evolution of television stardom 67
5 'I'm a celebrity, get me into politics' : the political celebrity and the celebrity politician 87
6 Not just another powerless elite? : when media fans become subcultural celebrities 101
7 Spectacular male bodies and jazz age celebrity culture 129
8 Seeing is believing : constructions of stardom and the gay porn star in US gay video pornography 145
9 Celebrity skins : the illicit textuality of the celebrity nude magazine 161
10 Get a famous body : star styles and celebrity gossip in heat magazine 177
11 'Droppin' it like it's hot' : the sporting body of Serena Williams 195
12 Glitter and grain : aura and authenticity in the celebrity photographs of Juergen Teller 215
13 The mockery of cartoon celebrity : the Simpsons and the fragmented individual 231
14 Spending time with (a) celebrity : Sam Taylor-Wood's video portrait of David Beckham 241
15 'I'm jealous of the fake me' : postmodern subjectivity and identity construction in boy band fan fiction 253
16 Langsters online : K. D. Lang and the creation of Internet fan communities 269
17 Idols of destruction : celebrity and the serial killer 295
18 Madly famous : narratives of mental illness in celebrity culture 311
19 Celebrity : the killing fields of popular music 329
20 'Sometimes you wanna hate celebrities' : tabloid readers and celebrity coverage 343
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