From the new celebrity culture that has emerged from reality television and the Internet, to the paparazzi-filled endgame of Princess Diana and the bizarre trials and tribulations of Michael Jackson, The Celebrity Culture Reader documents the significant role that celebrities occupy in contemporary culture.
Combining classic essays and contemporary writings, The Celebrity Culture Reader investigates the cultural implications of this complex contemporary phenomenon.
Table of Contents
1. Celebrity and Modernity: The Historical Pattern of Celebrity 2. The Textual and the Extra-Textual Dimensions of the Public Persona 3. Ascribed Celebrity: The Transformed Public Sphere 4. Transgression: Scandal, Notoriety and Infamy 5. The Body and Celebrity 6. Celebrity Culture: Narcissism, Fandom and the Will-to-Celebrity 7. Celebrity Nation: Celebrity in National Contexts 8. The Celebrity Industry: The Management of Fame. Conclusion: Surface and Depth: Celebrity in the 'Post-Celebrity' Era
P. David Marshall is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. He is the author of Celebrity and Power (1997) and New Media Cultures (2004), and the co-author of Fame Games (2000) and Web Theory (2003).