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THE CELEBRITY CULTURE READER, P. David Marshall (2006)

What defines celebrity? Why is the ubiquitious cult of celebrity so important in contemporary Western culture? Through its combination of classic pieces and more contemporary writings, The Celebrity Culture Reader examines the proliferation of the study of celebrity over the last two decades, and the significance and importance of celebrity in contemporary culture. The contributors look at the cult of celebrity from Alexander the Great, to the transformation of the actor into a public person in the eighteenth century, to the industrial apparatus leading to the star system in early narrative film. Taking a broad definition of the concept of celebrity, the Reader discusses music celebrity as personified by New Kids on the Block, the celebrity status of literary authors, the emergence of CEOs as corporate business celebrities, and the role of celebrity in politics. Inidividual articles move from discussion of recognised celebrities such as Madonna, Michael Jackson and Princess Diana through to reality television and the idea that through enough self-promotion, anyone can now achieve celebrity status.

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