“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.

From beyond Control to in Control: Investigating Drew Barrymore's Feminist Agency/Authorship

From beyond control to in control: Investigating Drew Barrymore's feminist agency/authorship

In this essay, I shall consider the actress Drew Barrymore, one of Hollywood's most successful female stars, able to command $15million dollars per appearance (Kurtzberg, 2004) and responsible for producing numerous box office hits. Approaching this from a broadly feminist perspective, I will first offer a brief overview of previous theories of stardom, feminism and agency. In this discussion I will move on to outline the arguments made by Melissa Pearl Friedling (2000) who suggested that throughout the early to mid-1990s, secondary materials surrounding Drew Barrymore emphasized her status as a former drug and alcohol addict to present a limited, often contradictory feminist reading ...

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