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The Drama of Celebrity

The Drama of Celebrity (Hardback)

By Marcus, Sharon

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A bold new account of how celebrity works Why do so many people care so much about celebrities? Who decides who gets to be a star? What are the privileges and pleasures of fandom? Do celebrities ever deserve the outsized attention they receive? In this fascinating and deeply rese...arched book, Sharon Marcus challenges everything you thought you knew about our obsession with fame. Icons are not merely famous for being famous; the media alone cannot make or break stars; fans are not simply passive dupes. Instead, journalists, the public, and celebrities themselves all compete, passionately and expertly, to shape the stories we tell about celebrities and fans. The result: a high-stakes drama as endless as it is unpredictable. Drawing on scrapbooks, personal diaries, and vintage fan mail, Marcus traces celebrity culture back to its nineteenth-century roots, when people the world over found themselves captivated by celebrity chefs, bad-boy poets, and actors such as the divine Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), as famous in her day as the Beatles in theirs. Known in her youth for sleeping in a coffin, hailed in maturity as a woman of genius, Bernhardt became a global superstar thanks to savvy engagement with her era's most innovative media and technologies: the popular press, commercial photography, and speedy new forms of travel. Whether you love celebrity culture or hate it, The Drama of Celebrity will change how you think about one of the most important phenomena of modern times.
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ISBN 9780691177595
Released NZ 15 May 2019
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: English)
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ISBN-13 9780691177595
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 15 May 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Marcus, Sharon
Category Literature: History & Criticism
Media Studies
Cultural Studies
Popular Culture
Social & Cultural History
Gender Studies
Number of Pages 328
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Dewey Code 305.52
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Celebrities, Fame - Social aspects, Popular culture - Social aspects, Celebrities in popular culture
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade

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