This book brings together some of the seminal interventions which have structured the development of star/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. 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 star/celebrity studies.
PART ONE: STAR AND CELEBRITY CULTURE: THEORETICAL ANTECEDENTS The Nature of Charismatic Domination - Max Weber The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction - Walter Benjamin The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception - Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer Myth Today - Roland Barthes "THAT-HAS-BEEN"; The Pose; The Luminous Rays,Colour; Amazement; Authentification - Roland Barthes The Ecstasy of Communication - Jean Baudrillard PART TWO THE ANALYSIS OF FAME: UNDERSTANDING STARDOM The Powerless Elite - Franceso Alberoni Theory and Sociological Research on the Phenomenon of the Stars Stars - Richard Dyer Heavenly Bodies - Richard Dyer Stars as a Cinematic Phenomenon - John Ellis Re-examining Stardom - Christine Geraghty Questions of Texts, Bodies and Performance From Beyond Control to In Control - Rebecca Williams Investigating Barrymore's Feminist Agency/Authorship PART THREE: FAME - REMEMBER MY NAME?: HISTORIES OF STARDOM AND CELEBRITY The Emergence of the Star System in America - Richard deCordova The 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 Life Celebrity and Religion - Chris Rojek The Dream of Acceptability - Leo Braudy PART FOUR: PRODUCING FAME: 'BECAUSE I'M WORTH IT' The Economy of Celebrity - Graeme Turner Sharon Stone in a Gap Turtleneck - Rebecca L. Epstein Who Owns Celebrity? Privacy, Publicity and the Legal Regulation of Celebrity Images - Philip Drake Celebrity CEOS and the cultural economy of tabloid intimacy - Jo Littler From the Alter to the Market-Place and Back Again - Wenche Ommundsen Understanding Literary Celebrity PART FIVE: MADE IN CULTURE: STAR AND CELEBRITY REPRESENTATIONS The Face of Garbo - Roland Barthes The Whiteness of Stars - Sean Redmond Looking at Kate Winslet's Unruly White Body The 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 Narrative Mobile Identities, Digital Stars, and Post-Cinematic Selves - Mary Flanagan PART SIX: CONSUMING FAME/BECOMING FAMOUS: CELEBRITY AND ITS AUDIENCE With Stars in their Eyes - Jackie Stacey Female Spectators and the Paradoxes of Consumption A Star is Dead: A Legend is Born - Yiman Wang Practicing Leslie Cheung's Posthumous Fandom Doing it For Themselves? Teenage Girls, Sexuality and Fame - Catherine Lumby Media Power - Nick Couldry Some Hidden Dimensions
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