Living in the Limelight: Dynamics of the Celebrity Experience

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Living in the Limelight: Dynamics of the Celebrity Experience

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Edited by Kylo-Patrick R. Hart

Year: 2014

Format: eBook

 

To enable readers to grasp the cumulative complexity of contemporary celebrity culture, this book explores dynamics of the celebrity experience in recent centuries and up to the present day.

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For the typical celebrity, living in the limelight has never been particularly easy, and it seems to be getting harder every day. Although celebrity in the current century is similar to how it has been experienced in the past, the widespread availability of the Internet and its endless innovative potentialities have certainly brought about changes and new challenges. Today, it is not uncommon for this seemingly desirable cult of personality to, at times, take on an unexpected life of its own, sweeping unprepared celebrities along for the ride. To enable readers to grasp the cumulative complexity of contemporary celebrity culture, this book explores dynamics of the celebrity experience in recent centuries and up to the present day. In doing so, it explicitly analyses ever-changing phenomena of relevance to the celebrity experience, the importance and impact of fans and fandom(s), and the various pleasures and pitfalls that celebrities regularly encounter.

Introduction: Dynamics of the Celebrity Experience
Kylo-Patrick R. Hart

Part I Celebrity Experience through the Ages

Mozart, Amadeus, and Celebrity Culture
Marie Bennett

Local Celebrity and the World of Jane Austen
Magdalen Wing-Chi Ki

Sex Sells: Beauty, the Female Body, and Celebrity Culture in the Fin-de-Siècle
Laura Di Maio

Trapped by Celebrity Status and Dead Too Soon: Aspirational Limitations and the Career Trajectories of Marilyn Monroe and Jim Morrison
Kylo-Patrick R. Hart

Part II Analysing Fans and Fandom(s)

Social Identity of Fans and Its Interaction with Fandom
Hao-Ting Wang

Imagine Others Complexly: Boundary Breaking and Community Building of the Vlogbrothers and Nerdfighteria
Pei-Wun Liao

More Than a Text: On the Affective Relation between Lady Gaga and Her Fans
Lise Dilling-Hansen

Breaking the Fourth Wall: Dynamics of Fan Fiction Production
Celia Lam

Part III Celebrity Pleasures, Pitfalls, and Perils

Shaaban Abdel Rahim and the Changing Stardom Culture in Egypt
Malgorzata Kniaz

The Use of Publicity Stunts in Korean Pop
Isyana Adriani

There Will Be Blood: The Darker Side of K-Pop Fandom
Renata Iwicka

Keeping It Real! Immortal Celebrity, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Authenticity
Simon Bacon

Part IV Celebrity and Stardom in the Twenty-First Century

Daniel Libeskind: The Only Celebrity among ‘Starchitects’?
Andrzej Klimek

To Be Seen or Not to Be Seen: Narcissistic Tendencies among Bloggers
Petra Novakova

Parodic Participation as Consumption of Celebrity Products: The Case of ‘Gangnam Style’
Mingyi Hou

When Did Darth Vader Turn Cuddly? Phenomenology and Fandom
Ephraim Das Janssen

Kylo-Patrick R. Hart is chair of the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media at Texas Christian University. His books pertaining to celebrity culture include Film and Television Stardom, Images for a Generation Doomed: The Films and Career of Gregg Araki, and Queer Males in Contemporary Cinema: Becoming Visible.