The Drama of Celebrity, 1st Edition

  • Sharon Marcus
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  • ISBN-10: 0691189781
  • ISBN-13: 9780691189789
  • DDC: 305.52
  • 328 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released October 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This title offers 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 researched book, the author 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 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, she traces celebrity culture back to its 19th-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).

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Defiance.
2: Sensation.
3: Savagery.
4: Intimacy.
5: Multiplication.
6: Imitation.
7: Judgment.
8: Merit.
Illustration Credits.