A Companion to Celebrity

  • ID: 3148882
  • Book
  • 584 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In spite of roots stretching to ancient times, the study of celebrity is one of the fastest growing areas of contemporary academic scholarship. Contributing to this trend is how the new social media have taken celebrity/fan interaction to a level of engagement virtually unimaginable just a few years ago.Companion to Celebrity presents a multi–disciplinary collection of original essays that explore myriad issues relating to the origins, evolution, and current trends in the field of celebrity studies. Featuring essays contributed from two dozen leading experts drawn from a range of disciplines and academic backgrounds, topics include the genealogy of celebrity, celebrity s relationship with the public, the monetary value of celebrity, global celebrity, the screens and technologies of celebrity, celebrity s emotional appeal, celebrity embodiment, and celebrity and fan interaction processes. Offering timely insights on everything from the cult of celebrity to our obsession with fame,Companion to Celebrity sheds important new light on our current understanding of an old and enduring phenomenon that is more ubiquitous in today s world than at any other point in human history.
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List of Figures and Tables x

Notes on Contributors xiii

Acknowledgments xix

1 Introduction 1P. David Marshall and Sean Redmond

Part One The Genealogy of Celebrity

Introduction 15P. David Marshall

2 The Moral Concept of Celebrity: A Very Short History Told as a Sequence of Brief Lives 21Fred Inglis

3 Brand Names: A Brief History of Literary Celebrity 39Loren Glass

4 The Changing Face of Celebrity and the Emergence of Motion Picture Stardom 58Gaylyn Studlar

Part Two The Publics of Celebrity

Introduction 79Sean Redmond

5 Celebrity, Participation, and the Public 83Graeme Turner

6 Celebrity, Convergence, and the Fate of Media Institutions 98Nick Couldry

7 Barack Obama, Media Spectacle, and Celebrity Politics 114Douglas Kellner

8 Construction of the Public Memory of Celebrities: Celebrity Museums in Japan 135Saeko Ishita

Part Three Celebrity Value

Introduction 155P. David Marshall

9 Hope Springs Eternal? The Illusions and Disillusions of Political Celebrity 161Andrew Tolson

10 Winning Isn t Everything. Selling Is: Sports, Advertising, and the Logic of the Market 177Ellis Cashmore

11 From Celebrity to Influencer: Tracing the Diffusion of Celebrity Value across the Data Stream 194Alison Hearn and Stephanie Schoenhoff

Part Four Global Celebrity

Introduction 213Sean Redmond

12 Recognition, Gratification, and Vulnerability: The Public and Private Selves of Local Celebrities 219Kerry O. Ferris

13 Tweeting the Good Causes : Social Networking and Celebrity Activism 235Liza Tsaliki

14 Celebrity Diplomats: Differentiation, Recognition, and Contestation 258Andrew F. Cooper

15 Brand Bollywood Care: Celebrity, Charity, and Vernacular Cosmopolitanism 273Pramod K. Nayar

Part Five Celebrity Screens/Technologies of Celebrity

Introduction 289
P. David Marshall

16 Celevision: Mobilizations of the Television Screen 295Misha Kavka

17 Stardom, Celebrity, and the Moral Economy of Pretending 315Barry King

18 You May Know Me from YouTube: (Micro–)Celebrity in Social Media 333Alice E. Marwick

Part Six Emotional Celebrity

Introduction 351Sean Redmond

19 Frontierism: The Frontier Thesis, Affect, and the Category of Achieved Celebrity 355Chris Rojek

20 The Democratization of Celebrity: Mediatization, Promotion, and the Body 371Olivier Driessens

21 Sensing Celebrities 385Sean Redmond

Part Seven Celebrity Embodiment

Introduction 401Tamara Heaney and Sean Redmond

22 The Ambivalent Irishness of Denis Leary and Kathy Griffin 407Diane Negra

23 Neymar: Sport Celebrity and Performative Cultural Politics 421David L. Andrews, Victor B. Lopes, and Steven J. Jackson

24 Digital Shimmer: Popular Music and the Intimate Nexus between Fan and Star 440Toija Cinque

Part Eight Celebrity Identification

Introduction 457P. David Marshall

25 From Para–social toMultisocial Interaction: Theorizing Material/Digital Fandom and Celebrity 463Matt Hills

26 The Everyday Use of Celebrities 483Joke Hermes and Jaap Kooijman

27 Exposure: The Public Self Explored 497P. David Marshall

Index 519

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P. David Marshall is Professor of New Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at Deakin University. He is the author of Celebrity and Power: Fame in Contemporary Culture (1997, 2014), co–author of Persona Studies(2015). Fame Games (2000), and editor of the Celebrity Culture Reader(2006) among many other books, book chapters and articles on new media, fame and popular culture.

Sean Redmond is Associate Professor of Media and Communication at Deakin University, Australia. He is the editor of Celebrity Studies, Framing Celebrity: New Directions in Celebrity Culture (2006), Stardom and Celebrity: the Reader (2008), and the author of Celebrity and the Media (2014).

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