Celebrity

Authored by: Jo Littler

The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415641470
eBook ISBN: 9780203081846
Adobe ISBN: 9781136175961

10.4324/9780203081846.ch11

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Abstract

What is celebrity? There is little consensus in either academia or popular culture over its significance, depth, vacuity, meaning, history and fluctuating fortunes, but there is a sizeable amount of debate. In media, film and cultural studies a range of approaches has been adopted, from screen studies to political economy, from ideological critique to audience research. Celebrity has therefore been variously understood as an inevitable part of some kind of universal ‘human condition’, as psychoanalytic mystery to be unwrapped, structural by-product of the PR industry, vestige of Romantic individualism and commodity fetish par excellence. Let us dip an analytical toe in its spangled waters.

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