“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.

Star and Celebrity Culture: Theoretical Antecedents
Star and celebrity culture: Theoretical antecedents

Introduction

SeanRedmond and SuHolmes

A speech has two parts. You must state your case and you must prove it. You cannot either state your case and omit to prove it, or prove it without first having stated it, since any proof must be proof of something and the only use of a preliminary statement is the proof that follows it.

(Aristotle, 1991: 216. Trans. by George A. Kennedy)

When one begins to research something new, or to take up a position on a particular topic or area of analysis, one often does so with a particular theoretical or methodological approach to hand, or with theories and methods in mind that one can or will draw upon. One ...

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