By P. David Marshall
Companion to Celebrity provides a multi-disciplinary selection of unique essays that discover myriad matters in relation to the origins, evolution, and present traits within the box of famous person studies.
- Offers an in depth, systematic, and transparent presentation of all features of superstar stories, with a constitution that conscientiously construct its enquiry
- Draws at the most modern scholarly advancements in superstar analyses
- Presents new and provocative methods of exploring celebrity’s meanings and textures
- Considers the progressive ways that new social media have impacted at the construction and intake of celebrity
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London: Allen Lane. Gundle, Stephen (2008) Glamour: A History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1 The “theory” of public role-play could only collapse into banal generalizations about the interplay of power (understood as public and private efficacity), social visibility as opposed to shadowiness as weapons of an individual’s significance, and unresolvable disputes footnoting Max Weber’s handy catchall, “charisma,” and his casual allocation of its components as veering between office and personality (1948: 246–64).
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