“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.

The Dream of Acceptability

The dream of acceptability

I found it possible to concentrate. It worried me. I remember staring at my reflection in the mirror on the medicine cabinet. “Here you are, nine years old,” I told my image. “And what have you done? You're nothing… nothing but a failure.”

(Vincente Minnelli, I Remember It Well)

[I]t was clear to me that no one had looked at me in years. All of the other attentions had been fleeting, partial, obstructed: now, at a moment's notice, now and at last I was.

(Scott Spencer, Endless Love)


Since fifth-century Athens, fame has been a way of expressing either the legitimacy of the individual within society or (in the Christian and spiritual model) the legitimacy of the individual as opposed to the ...

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