“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 the Altar to the Market-Place and Back Again: Understanding Literary Celebrity1

From the altar to the market-place and back again: Understanding literary celebrity
WencheOmmundsen

For over two weeks in April 2004, the Melbourne Age carried daily instalments of the latest sex scandal surrounding soccer super-star David Beckham: revelations of affairs with a former employee as well as with an Australian model; the reaction of his equally famous wife, Victoria; the views of a great many ‘close’ associates of the various parties; and speculations by celebrity-watchers. One day, however, the Beckham spot was given over to another story: ‘Rushdie Takes Bride No. 4 in Hindi Wedding’. The main point of interest here was the rumour that the actress bride, Padma Lakshmi, would defy Hindi tradition by wearing ...

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