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This timely collection explores the politics of female celebrity across a range of contemporary and historical media contexts. Amidst concerns about the apparent 'decline' in the currency of modern fame ('famous for being famous'), as well as debates about the shifting parameters of public/private visibility, it is female celebrities who are positioned as the most active discursive terrain.
This collection seeks to interrogate such phenomena by forging a greater conceptual, theoretical and historical dialogue between celebrity studies and critical gender studies. It takes as its starting point the understanding that female celebrity is a particularly fraught cultural phenomenon with ideological and industrial implications that warrant careful scrutiny. In moving across case studies from the 19th century to the present day, this book works from the assumption that the case study should play a crucial role in generating debate about the dialogue between 'past' and 'present', and the individual essays seek to reflect this spirit of enquiry.
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About the Author
Professor Diane Negra is Head of Film Studies, University College Dublin. She is Co-Series Editor (along with Yvonne Tasker) for the book series Wiley-Blackwell Studies in Film and Television, and is the author, editor or co-editor of seven books.
Dr Su Holmes is a Reader in Television Studies, University of East Anglia. She is co-editor of the book series 'TV Genres' for Edinburgh University Press, the co-editor of the new Routledge journal Celebrity Studies, and on the editorial board for Critical Studies in Television.
Table of Contents
1 "Mrs. Langtry Seems to Be on the Way to a Fortune": The Jersey Lily and Models of Late Nineteenth-Century Fame Catherine Hindson 17
2 Helen Keller, Hollywood and Political Celebrity Abigail Salerno 37
3 Bloody Blondes and Bobbed-Haired Bandits: The Execution of Justice and the Construction of the Celebrity Criminal in the 1920s Popular Press April Miller 61
4 Rocket Scientist!: The Posthumous Celebrity of Hedy Lamarr Ruth Barton 82
5 Grotesquerie as Marker of Success in Aging Female Stars Anne Morey 103
6 "I'm Like a Kaleidoscope": Mia Farrow and the Shifting Prismatics of Modern Femininity in the 1960s Leslie H. Abramson 125
7 Girls Imagining Careers in the Limelight: Social Class, Gender and Fantasies of "Success" Kim Allen 149
8 Cool Postfeminism: The Stardom of Sofia Coppola Coitlin Yunuen Lewis 174
9 The Insanity Plea: Female Celebrities, Reality Media and the Psychopathology of British Pop-Feminism Emma Bell 199
10 The Horror of Something to See: Celebrity "Vaginas" as Prostheses Margaret Schwartz 224
11 Strengthening as They Undermine: Rachel Maddow and Suze Orman's Homonormative Lesbian Identities Joselyn Leimbach 242
12 Living The Hills Life: Lauren Conrad as Reality Star, Soap Opera Heroine, and Brand Alice Leppert Julie Wilson 261
13 Immigration, Authorship, Censorship, and Terrorism: The Politics of M.I.A.'s US Crossover Candite Haddad 280
14 We Love This Trainwreck!: Sacrificing Britney to Save America Anna Watkins Fisher 303