By P. David Marshall
Companion to Celebrity offers a multi-disciplinary selection of unique essays that discover myriad matters in relation to the origins, evolution, and present developments within the box of megastar studies.
- Offers an in depth, systematic, and transparent presentation of all elements of big name stories, with a constitution that conscientiously construct its enquiry
- Draws at the most recent scholarly advancements in megastar 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 construction and intake of celebrity
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Buffalo Bill” Cody expressed a public masculinity of beauty as well as strategies of promotion in his Wild West Shows that by the 1920s provided the charted map for its organization in male film celebrity in figures like Rudolf Valentino and beyond. As the chapters in Part One reveal, the genealogy of celebrity has produced an intriguing discourse about the public self and its connection to the way the private and the public are presented via individuals and represented and valorized by media Introduction to Part One 19 and cultural institutions as much as by the audiences they generate.
Such a figure, removed but familiar, acquired the aura of celebrity without having to work for it. The state required a dignified and dutiful sovereign; the people, in their turn, looked for a great personage who was at one and the same time neighbor, national possession (they couldn’t make him kneel to them, as they did Garrick, but they could insist he showed himself to them), and type and token of the good life. Such a life should be compounded of a little art, a little money, a little munificence, British beef and a proper patriotism.
We don’t have to be lonely. We can find real and meaningful companionship in, with and through our celebrities. In a postsecular age perhaps it is only in and through celebrities that we can find solace and tactility. Even when celebrities are signified as lonely, sufferers of depression, addiction, or other mental health problems, they offer us the space to collectively share so that we are not isolated sufferers. They are higher order healers and soothsayers whose wonderment lifts us up and out of ourselves so that we can be productive citizens and workers.