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Section Three: Fame – Remember My Name?: Histories of Stardom and Celebrity

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Fame – Remember My Name?: Histories of Stardom and Celebrity
Fame – remember my name?: Histories of stardom and celebrity
Introduction
SeanRedmond and SuHolmes

Fame is metamorphic…. There can be no single perspective, no secret key by which to unlock what it really is

(Braudy, 1986: 591)

As Braudy's statement suggests, fame is a cultural phenomenon that is constantly in process, and this very fluidity demands a multi-faceted and self-reflexive framework of analysis. Section Three explores ways of understanding the historical trajectory of fame, and it acknowledges that the notion of ‘history’ here is not a simple concept. As established in the Introduction, similar to other sources of commentary we could access, the academic discussion of fame is historical. It does not simply offer an ‘objective’ analysis of the ...

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