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.
Living in the Limelight: Dynamics of the Celebrity Experience
Edited by Kylo-Patrick R. Hart
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.
Categories: Ethos & Modern Living, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Digital Books.
Tags: Celebrity, celebrity brand, consumption, fame, fan culture, idol, image, media, narcissism, parasocial interaction, participatory culture, popular culture, popularity, social media, stardom.
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Introduction: Dynamics of the Celebrity Experience
Kylo-Patrick R. Hart
Part I Celebrity Experience through the Ages
Mozart, Amadeus, and Celebrity Culture
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
Imagine Others Complexly: Boundary Breaking and Community Building of the Vlogbrothers and Nerdfighteria
More Than a Text: On the Affective Relation between Lady Gaga and Her Fans
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Dynamics of Fan Fiction Production
Part III Celebrity Pleasures, Pitfalls, and Perils
Shaaban Abdel Rahim and the Changing Stardom Culture in Egypt
The Use of Publicity Stunts in Korean Pop
There Will Be Blood: The Darker Side of K-Pop Fandom
Keeping It Real! Immortal Celebrity, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Authenticity
Part IV Celebrity and Stardom in the Twenty-First Century
Daniel Libeskind: The Only Celebrity among ‘Starchitects’?
To Be Seen or Not to Be Seen: Narcissistic Tendencies among Bloggers
Parodic Participation as Consumption of Celebrity Products: The Case of ‘Gangnam Style’
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.