“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.

Made in Culture: Star and Celebrity Representations
Made in culture: Star and celebrity representations

Introduction

SeanRedmond and SuHolmes

If there is one approach that has largely – but not exclusively – dominated the field of star and celebrity analysis then it is the approach of employing close textual analysis to explore the ideological meaning of a star or celebrity image. Stars are imagined to be representations, ‘made up’ in media culture, multi-faceted in terms of 'what they consist of (Dyer, 1987: 2), how they signify, and they are historical and political in terms of how they relate to complex issues, conflicts and contradictions that emerge in the social world at any one time. As Richard Dyer very usefully postulates,

A star image consists both of what we normally ...

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