“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.

Re-Examining Stardom: Questions of Texts, Bodies and Performance

Re-examining stardom: Questions of texts, bodies and performance


Defining Stars

Definitions of stars in film studies have emphasised that the concept of stardom is sustained by a contrast between the performing presence and what happens ‘off-stage’. Dyer writes of stars having ‘an existence in the world independent of their screen/ “fiction” appearances’ (1979: 22) and describes stardom as ‘an image of the ways stars live’ (1979: 39). Allen and Gomery talk of ‘a duality between actor and character’ and, citing Edgar Morin, refer to stars as ‘actors “with biographies”’ (1985: 172), whereas Tasker in her work on New Hollywood describes stars as ‘complex personas made up of far more than the texts in which they appear’ (1993: 74).


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