In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Functions of Female Celebrity

In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Functions of Female Celebrity

By: Diane Negra (editor), Su Holmes (editor)Hardback

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This is a timely collection exploring the politics of female celebrity across a range of contemporary, historical, media and national contexts. "In the Limelight and Under the Microscope" is a timely collection exploring the politics of female celebrity across a range of contemporary, historical, media and national 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 will seek to reflect this spirit of enquiry.

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About Author

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. 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, serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards for Screen, Film Quarterly and Film and Film Culture and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Contents

Introduction: Su Holmes, University of East Anglia and Diane Negra, University College Dublin, "In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Functions of Female Celebrity"; Chapter 1: Catherine Hindson, University of Bristol, "'Mrs. Langtry Seems to be on the Way to a Fortune:' The Jersey Lily and Models of Nineteenth-Century Fame"; Chapter 2: Abigail Salerno, Trinity College, "Helen Keller, Hollywood and Political Celebrity"; Chapter 3: April Miller, University of Northern Colorado, "Bloody Blondes and Bobbed-Haired Bandits: Executing Justice and Constructing Celebrity Criminals in the 1920s Popular Press"; Chapter 4: Ruth Barton, Trinity College, "Rocket Scientist!: The Posthumous Celebrity of Hedy Lamarr"; Chapter 5: Anne Morey, Texas A & M University, "Grotesquerie as Marker of Success in Aging Female Stars"; Chapter 6: Leslie Abramson, Lake Forest College, "Mia Farrow in the 1960s: Categorically Intangible" (partial reprint from 1960s Stardom Anthology); Chapter 7: Kim Allen, London Metropolitan University, "The 'Right' Kind of Fame?: Celebrity Culture and the Structuring of Young Women's Fantasies of Success"; Chapter 8: Caitlin Lewis, University College Dublin, "'Don't Let Sofia's Littleness and Quietness Confuse You:' Sofia Coppola as Persona, Brand and Text"; Chapter 9: Emma Bell, University of Brighton, "The Insanity Plea: Female Celebrities, Reality Media and the Pyschopathology of British Pop-Feminism" (partial reprint from Genders); Chapter 10: Margaret Schwartz, Fordham University, "The Horror of Something to See: Celebrity 'Vaginas' as Prostheses" (partial reprint from Genders); Chapter 11: Joselyn Leimbach, Indiana University, "Strengthening as They Undermine: Rachel Maddow and Suze Orman's Homonormative Lesbian Identities:"; Chapter 12: Alice Leppert and Julie Wilson, University of Minnesota, "Living The Hills Life: Lauren Conrad as Reality Star, Soap Opera Heroine, and Brand" (reprint from Genders); Chapter 13: Candice Haddad, University of Michigan, "Discourses of Censorship, Immigration and Terrorism: Exploring the Politics of Crossing Over through the Transnational Stardom of M.I.A."; Chapter 14: Anna Fisher, Brown University, "We Love This Trainwreck!: Sacrificing Britney to Save America"; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/04/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781441154958
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781441154958
  • weight: 658
  • ISBN10: 1441154957

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