Celebrity introduces the key terms and concepts, dilemmas and issues that are central to the study and critical understanding of celebrity.
Drawing on two dynamic models from two different modes of enquiry - the circuit of celebrity culture and the circuit of celebrity affect - this book explores the multi-layered, multi-faceted contexts and concepts that sit within and surround the study of celebrity. Through building a critical story about celebrity, Sean Redmond discusses key topics such as identity and representation; the celebrity body; the consumption of celebrity and celebrity culture; and the sensory connection between fans and celebrities, gender, activism, gossip and toxicity.
Including case studies on Miley Cyrus, David Bowie, Scarlett Johansson and Kate Winslet, Celebrity is a dynamic and topical volume ideal for students and academics in celebrity and cultural studies.
Sean Redmond is Professor in Screen and Design at Deakin University, Australia. He convenes the Melbourne-based Eye Tracking and the Moving Image Research Group, and the Science Fiction Research Group at Deakin University. He has published numerous books on celebrity, including A Companion to Celebrity (2015), Celebrity and the Media (2014), and Framing Celebrity: New Directions in Celebrity Culture (2006). With Su Holmes, he edits the journal Celebrity Studies, short-listed by The Association of Learned Professional Society Publishers for best new academic journal in 2011.
Chapter One: The Key Idea: Two Celebrity Circuits Beat as One Chapter Two: Celebrity Representations Chapter Three: More than Just a Feeling: Celebrity Affects Chapter Four: (Post) Modern Identities and Celebrity Selfhood Chapter Five: Celebrity Embodiment Chapter Six: The Liquid Lights of Celebrity Productions Chapter Seven: Celebrity Texturality Chapter Eight: Impressionable Audiences: Consuming Celebrity Culture Chapter Nine: Celebrity Agency Chapter Ten: Celebrity Regulation in Body and Space Chapter Eleven: Celebrity Disruption Conclusion
'Sean Redmond offers the most useful toolkit to understand how celebrity culture makes media matter across its many platforms. This is more than a book about celebrity culture, it is the perfect tool to understand media today.'
Joke Hermes, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
'Sean Redmond here continues his distinctive, highly engaged exploration of popular celebrity, now interleaving his insistence on its affective dimension with a circuit of culture approach. The resulting study should find a place on every celebrity scholar's bookshelf.'
Frances Bonner, University of Queensland, Australia
'In this dazzling star-turn of a book, Sean Redmond offers a guide and a conceptual inventory to the circuits of celebrity. Celebrity expertly analyses dominant approaches as well as recovering celebrity's all-too-often excluded energies of affect, embodiment and texturality. By insistently weaving fandom into scholarship, and the affective into the cultural, Redmond casts a spellbinding look at the fascinations, provocations and multisensory complexities of celebrity today.'
Matt Hills, University of Huddersfield, UK