Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader

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Sean Redmond, Su Holmes
SAGE, Oct 2, 2007 - Social Science - 400 pages
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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.


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Because Im Worth It
16 The Economy of Celebrity
17 Sharon Stone in a Gap Turtleneck
Privacy Publicity and the Legal Regulation of Celebrity Images
19 Celebrity CEOs and the Cultural Economy of Tabloid Intimacy
Understanding Literary Celebrity
Star and Celebrity Representations
21 The Face of Garbo

7 Stars
Heavenly Bodies
8 Stars as a Cinematic Phenomenon
Questions of Texts Bodies and Performance
Investigating Drew Barrymores Feminist AgencyAuthorship
Histories of Stardom and Celebrity
11 The Emergence of the Star System in America
Celebrity in TwentiethCentury America
Celebrities Ordinary People and This is Your Life BBC 195565
14 Celebrity and Religion
15 The Dream of Acceptability
Looking at Kate Winslets Unruly White Body
Media Constructions of Stardom and Jennifer Lopezs Crossover Butt
The Osbournes as Social Class Narrative
25 Mobile Identities Digital Stars and PostCinematic Selves
Celebrity and Its Audience
Female Spectators and the Paradoxes of Consumption
A Legend is Born Practicing Leslie Cheungs Posthumous Fandom
28 Doing It For Themselves? Teenage Girls Sexuality and Fame
Some Hidden Dimensions

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Page 15 - Myth does not deny things, on the contrary, its function is to talk about them; simply, it purifies them, it makes them innocent, it gives them a natural and eternal justification, it gives them a clarity which is not that of an explanation but that of a statement of fact.
Page 28 - Mechanical reproduction of art changes the reaction of the masses toward art. The reactionary attitude toward a Picasso painting changes into the progressive reaction toward a Chaplin movie. The progressive reaction is characterized by the direct, intimate fusion of visual and emotional enjoyment with the orientation of the expert.
Page 34 - Amusement under late capitalism is the prolongation of work. It is sought after as an escape from the mechanized work process, and to recruit strength in order to be able to cope with it again. But at the same time mechanization has such power over a man's leisure and happiness, and so profoundly determines the manufacture of amusement goods, that his experiences are inevitably after-images of the work process itself.
Page 49 - The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent. From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here...
Page 27 - That is to say, in the studio the mechanical equipment has penetrated so deeply into reality that its pure aspect freed from the foreign substance of equipment is the result of a special procedure, namely, the shooting by the specially adjusted camera and the mounting of the shot together with other similar ones. The equipment-free aspect of reality here has become the height of artifice; the sight of immediate reality has become an orchid in the land of technology.
Page 33 - Real life is becoming indistinguishable from the movies. The sound film, far surpassing the theater of illusion, leaves no room for imagination or reflection on the part of the audience...
Page 13 - Traditional grounds — resting on an established belief in the sanctity of immemorial traditions and the legitimacy of the status of those exercising authority under them (traditional authority); or finally, 3. Charismatic grounds — resting on devotion to the specific and exceptional sanctity, heroism or exemplary character of an individual person, and of the normative patterns or order revealed or ordained by him (charismatic authority).
Page 29 - Evidently a different nature opens itself to the camera than opens to the naked eye — if only because an unconsciously penetrated space is substituted for a space consciously explored by man.

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Television Studies: The Key Concepts

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About the author (2007)

Sean Redmond is Associate Professor in Media and Communication at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He is editor of the journal "Celebrity Studies", author of "The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano: Flowering Blood" (2013), and" Celebrity and the Media" (2013).

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