By P. David Marshall

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Companion to Celebrity offers a multi-disciplinary number of unique essays that discover myriad concerns on the subject of the origins, evolution, and present developments within the box of megastar studies.

  • Offers a close, systematic, and transparent presentation of all elements of star stories, with a constitution that rigorously construct its enquiry
  • Draws at the most modern scholarly advancements in big name analyses
  • Presents new and provocative methods of exploring celebrity’s meanings and textures
  • Considers the progressive ways that new social media have impacted at the creation and intake of celebrity 

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For instance, Fred Inglis in his chapter that opens Part One links celebrity to the birth of media and industrialization when the formation of a different industry of culture helped congeal a related system of fame and celebrity. Although not identical to Inglis’s approach, Braudy’s extensive study A Companion to Celebrity, First Edition. Edited by P. David Marshall and Sean Redmond. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Published 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 16 P. David Marshall of fame is able to make claims that the systems of renown were differently constituted in different eras (Braudy 1986).

On closer inspection, celebrity as a discursive formation is aligned to a great number of interests that identify its relationship to power. First, there is something in the genealogy of celebrity that intrinsically underlines the instability and value of identity itself. Celebrity’s emergence is exactly connected to a period when class and status have been undergoing an enormous transformation. Writers such as Stephen Gundle in his analysis of glamour points to the way the emergence of highly visible courtesans in the nineteenth century is a symbolic marker of the decline of the aristocracy and the emergence of a new industrial class unhinged from previous constructions of power (2008: 78–108).

During our friendship we have faced many trials and tribulations together; anorexia nervosa, breakups, divorce, bouts of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. We have shared many moments of joy and celebration; births, love affairs, and clubbing, where we would wildly dance to 1970s retro pop in seedy clubs on the wrong side of town. Professionally, we have now worked together in the area of stardom and celebrity through two edited collections, co-authored articles, and in the work we do as editors and cofounders of the journal Celebrity Studies.

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