Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader

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Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader brings together some of the seminal interventions that have structured the development of star/celebrity studies, while crucially combining and situating these within the context of new essays that address the contemporary, cross-media and international landscape of today's fame culture. The Reader approaches stardom and celebrity across historical periods, media forms and national contexts, as well as disciplinary borders and modes of enquiry. It is divided into six themed sections: Stardom and Celebrity: Theoretical Antecedents Including essays by Max Weber, Adorno and Horkheimer, and Roland Barthes, The Analysis of Fame: Understanding Stardom Including essays by Francesco Alberoni, Richard Dyer, and Christine Geraghty, Histories of Stardom and Celebrity Including essays by Richard deCordova, Chris Rojek, Joshua Gamson, and Su Holmes, The Production of Fame Including essays by Graeme Turner, Rebecca L. Epstein, and Jo Litter, Star and Celebrity Representations Including essays by Mary Flanagan, Mary Beltran, and Sean Redmond, The Consumption of Fame Including essays by Jackie Stacey, Catharine Lumby, and Nick Couldry. This collection, uniquely, maps out a historical trajectory - both In terms of the development of fame as well as the historical development of star/celebrity studies. This is a key text that brings together often disparate but seminal works, while situating them within the context of newer developments. It will prove invaluable to a host of disciplines which teach stardom and celebrity.

About the Author:
Sean Redmond is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Victoria University, Wellington

About theAuthor:
Su Holmes is Reader in Television Studies at the University of East Anglia

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Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine
"This welcome addition to the literature on fame goes beyond goes beyond stardom—though Redmond and Holmes cover that topic well—to discuss stardom and celebrity in general. "— A.L. Knight
CHOICE - A.L. Knight
"This welcome addition to the literature on fame goes beyond goes beyond stardom—though Redmond and Holmes cover that topic well—to discuss stardom and celebrity in general."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412923200
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors     ix
Acknowledgements     xiii
Introduction: What's in a Reader?   Sean Redmond   Su Holmes     1
Star and Celebrity Culture: Theoretical Antecedents     13
Introduction   Sean Redmond   Su Holmes     13
Tine Nature of Charismatic Domination   Max Weber     17
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction   Walter Benjamin     25
The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception   Theodor W. Adorno   Max Horkheimer     34
Myth Today   Roland Barthes     44
'That-Has-Been'; The Pose; The Luminous Rays, Colour; Amazement; Authentification   Roland Barthes     49
The Ecstasy of Communication   Jean Baudrillard     53
The Analysis of Fame: Understanding Stardom     61
Introduction   Sean Redmond   Su Holmes     61
The Powerless 'Elite': Theory and Sociological Research on the Phenomenon of the Stars   Francesco Alberoni     65
Stars   Richard Dyer     78
Heavenly Bodies   Richard Dyer     85
Stars as a Cinematic Phenomenon   John Ellis     90
Re-examining Stardom: Questions of Texts, Bodies and Performance   Christine Geraghty     98
From Beyond Contral to In Control: Investigating Drew Barrymore's Feminist Agency/Authorship   Rebecca Williams     111
Fame - Remember My Name?: Histories of Stardom and Celebrity     127
Redmond   Su Holmes     127
The Emergence of the Star System in America   Richard deCordova     132
The Assembly Line of Greatness: Celebrity in Twentieth-Century America   Joshua Gamson     141
'Torture, Treacle, Tears and Trickery': Celebrities, 'Ordinary' People, and This is Your Life (BBC, 1955-65)   Su Holmes     156
Celebrity and Religion   Chris Rojek     171
The Dream of Acceptability   Leo Braudy     181
Producing Fame: 'Because I'm Worth It'     189
Introduction   Sean Redmond   Su Holmes     189
The Economy of Celebrity   Graeme Turner     193
Sharon Stone in a Gap Turtleneck   Rebecca L. Epstein     206
Who Owns Celebrity?: Privacy, Publicity and the Legal Regulation of Celebrity Images   Philip Drake     219
Celebrity CEOs and the Cultural Economy of Tabloid Intimacy   Jo Littler      230
From the Altar to the Market-Place and Back Again: Understanding Literary Celebrity   Wenche Ommundsen     244
Made in Culture: Star and Celebrity Representations     257
Introduction   Sean Redmond   Su Holmes     257
The Face of Garbo   Roland Barthes     261
The Whiteness of Stars: Looking at Kate Winslet's Unruly White Body   Sean Redmond     263
The Hollywood Latina Body as Site of Social Struggle: Media Constructions of Stardom and Jennifer Lopez's "Cross-over Butt"   Mary C. Beltran     275
'Ozzy Worked for Those Bleeping Doors with the Crosses on Them': The Osbournes as Social Class Narrative   Lisa Holderman     287
Mobile Identities, Digital Stars, and Post-Cinematic Selves   Mary Flanagan     298
Consuming Fame/Becoming Famous?: Celebrity and its Audience     309
Introduction   Sean Redmond   Su Holmes     309
With Stars in Their Eyes: Female Spectators and the Paradoxes of Consumption   Jackie Stacey     313
A Star is Dead: A Legend is Born: Practicing Leslie Cheung's Posthumous Fandom   Yiman Wang     326
Doing It For Themselves? Teenage Girls, Sexuality and Fame   Catharine Lumby     341
Media Power: Some Hidden Dimensions    Nick Couldry     353
Bibliography     360
Index     363
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