“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 Whiteness of Stars: Looking at Kate Winslet's Unruly White Body

The whiteness of stars: Looking at kate winslet's unruly white body


I have a minor confession to make. I am not even sure that I like Kate Winslet or that I get much pleasure from watching the films in which she stars. When she appears on the front cover of glossy magazines, or talks about herself in confessional-style interviews, I recoil a little, put off by a range of identificatory and representational issues. Winslet seems so typically English; so typically middle-class; and so very white. In fact, she is dead boring to watch, read about and listen to. And yet I am also attracted to her, I can't help but invest a little of my ...

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