“This welcome addition to the literature on fame goes beyond goes beyond stardom–though Redmond and Holmes cover that topic well–to discuss stardom and celebrity in general.”

A.L. Knight, CHOICE

This book brings together some of the seminal interventions which have structured the development of star/celebrity studies, while crucially combining and situating these within the context of new essays which address the contemporary, cross-media and international landscape of today's fame culture. At the core of the collection is a desire to map out a unique historical trajectory – both in terms of the development of fame, as well as the historical development of star/celebrity studies.

Producing Fame: ‘Because I'm Worth it’
Producing fame: ‘Because I'm worth it’

Introduction

SeanRedmond and SuHolmes

Barry King notes that ‘from the perspective of the audience… stars appear as finished products of semiotic labour’ (1992: 3). When it comes to the contemporary media context, this argument demands a degree of reappraisal. Consider the now ubiquitous media desire to capture the celebrity ‘unkempt and unready’ – looking dishevelled and dribbling after a drunk night out, or snapped sporting sweat patches or spots (Holmes, 2005). The fabrication process, or the process of constructing the celebrity self, has increasingly become part of the celebrity text itself. Yet in relation to the focus of this section, King's comment raises an important point. However much we may be invited ‘behind-the-scenes’ of celebrity ...

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