“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.

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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