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"Acts as a concise introduction to the study of both contemporary and historical stardom and celebrity. Collecting together in one source companion an easily accessible range of readings surrounding stardom and celebrity culture, this book is a worthwhile addition to any library."
- Kerry Gough, Birmingham City University
"Absolutely wonderful. The inclusion of seminal works and more recent works makes this a very valuable read."
- Beschara Karam, University of South Africa
"An engaging and often insightful book."
- Media International Australia
This book brings together some of the seminal interventions which have structured the development of stardom and celebrity studies, while crucially combining and situating these within the context of new essays which address the contemporary, cross-media and international landscape of today's fame culture. From Max Weber, Walter Benjamin and Roland Barthes to Catherine Lumby, Chris Rojek and Graeme Turner.
At the core of the collection is a desire to map out a unique historical trajectory - both in terms of the development of fame, as well as the historical development of the field.
PART ONE: STAR AND CELEBRITY CULTURE: THEORETICAL ANTECEDENTSThe Nature of Charismatic Domination - Max WeberThe Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction - Walter BenjaminThe Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception - Theodor W. Adorno and Max HorkheimerMyth Today - Roland Barthes"THAT-HAS-BEEN"; The Pose; The Luminous Rays,Colour; Amazement; Authentification - Roland BarthesThe Ecstasy of Communication - Jean BaudrillardPART TWO THE ANALYSIS OF FAME: UNDERSTANDING STARDOMThe Powerless Elite - Franceso Alberoni Theory and Sociological Research on the Phenomenon of the StarsStars - Richard DyerHeavenly Bodies - Richard DyerStars as a Cinematic Phenomenon - John EllisRe-examining Stardom - Christine Geraghty Questions of Texts, Bodies and PerformanceFrom Beyond Control to In Control - Rebecca Williams Investigating Barrymore's Feminist Agency/AuthorshipPART THREE: FAME - REMEMBER MY NAME?: HISTORIES OF STARDOM AND CELEBRITYThe Emergence of the Star System in America - Richard deCordovaThe Assembly Line of Greatness - Joshua Gamson Celebrity in Twentith-Century America'Torture, Treacle, Tears and Trickery' - Su Holmes Celebrities,'Ordinary' People, and This is Your LifeCelebrity and Religion - Chris RojekThe Dream of Acceptability - Leo BraudyPART FOUR: PRODUCING FAME: 'BECAUSE I'M WORTH IT'The Economy of Celebrity - Graeme TurnerSharon Stone in a Gap Turtleneck - Rebecca L. EpsteinWho Owns Celebrity? Privacy, Publicity and the Legal Regulation of Celebrity Images - Philip DrakeCelebrity CEOS and the cultural economy of tabloid intimacy - Jo LittlerFrom the Alter to the Market-Place and Back Again - Wenche Ommundsen Understanding Literary CelebrityPART FIVE: MADE IN CULTURE: STAR AND CELEBRITY REPRESENTATIONSThe Face of Garbo - Roland BarthesThe Whiteness of Stars - Sean Redmond Looking at Kate Winslet's Unruly White BodyThe Hollywood Latina Body as a Site of Social Struggle - Mary C. Beltran Media Constructions of Stardom and Jennifer Lopez's "Cross-over Butt"'Ozzy Worked for those Bleeping Doors with the Crosses on them' - Lisa Holderman The Osbournes as Social Class NarrativeMobile Identities, Digital Stars, and Post-Cinematic Selves - Mary FlanaganPART SIX: CONSUMING FAME/BECOMING FAMOUS: CELEBRITY AND ITS AUDIENCEWith Stars in their Eyes - Jackie Stacey Female Spectators and the Paradoxes of ConsumptionA Star is Dead: A Legend is Born - Yiman Wang Practicing Leslie Cheung's Posthumous FandomDoing it For Themselves? Teenage Girls, Sexuality and Fame - Catherine LumbyMedia Power - Nick Couldry Some Hidden Dimensions
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