New Directions in Celebrity Culture
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Framing Celebrity by Su Holmes
Book DescriptionCelebrity culture has a pervasive presence in our everyday lives - perhaps more so than ever before. It shapes not simply the production and consumption of media content but also the social values through which we experience the world. This collection analyses this phenomenon, bringing together essays which explore celebrity across a range of media, cultural and political contexts. The authors investigate topics such as the intimacy of fame, political celebrity, stardom in American 'quality' television (Sarah Jessica Parker), celebrity 'reality' TV (I'm a Celebrity ...Get Me Out of Here!), the circulation of the porn star, the gallery film (David/David Beckham), the concept of cartoon celebrity (The Simpsons), fandom and celebrity (k.d. lang, *NSYNC), celebrity in the tabloid press, celebrity magazines (heat, Celebrity Skins), the fame of the serial killer and narratives of mental illness in celebrity culture. The collection is organized into four themed sections: * Fame Now broadly examines the contemporary contours of fame as they course through new media sites (such as 'reality' TV and the internet) and different social, cultural and political spaces. * Fame Body attempts to situate the star or celebrity body at the centre of the production, circulation and consumption of contemporary fame. * Fame Simulation considers the increasingly strained relationship between celebrity and artifice and 'authenticity'. * Fame Damage looks at the way the representation of fame is bound up with auto-destructive tendencies or dissolution.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415377102
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 19-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Su Holmes
Entertaining Television, Paperback (August 2013)
An energetic look at BBC Television in 1950s, illustrating how it was at the forefront of popular programming, including the first Reality TV programmes, quiz and game shows, even 'problem' talk shows.
In the Limelight and Under the Microscope, Paperback (April 2011)
A collection that explores the politics of female celebrity across a range of contemporary, historical, media and national contexts. It seeks to interrogate such phenomena by forging a greater conceptual, theoretical and historical dialogue between celebrity studies and critical gender studies.
Quiz Show, Paperback (October 2008)» View all books by Su Holmes
A study of the quiz and game show format which has proved to be consistently popular with viewers since the growth of the medium in the 1950s.
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Author Biography - Su Holmes
Dr Su Holmes is Lecturer in Film and Television at the University of Kent, the author of British TV and Film Culture in the 1950s: Coming to a TV Near You! (2005) and co-editor of Understanding Reality Television (Routledge, 2004). Dr Sean Redmond is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand, the co-editor of The Cinema of Kathryn Bigelow: Hollywood Transgressor (2003) and the editor of Liquid Metal: The reader in science fiction film (2004).
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