By P. David Marshall
Companion to Celebrity offers a multi-disciplinary number of unique essays that discover myriad matters with regards to the origins, evolution, and present tendencies within the box of megastar studies.
- Offers a close, systematic, and transparent presentation of all points of big name reviews, with a constitution that rigorously construct its enquiry
- Draws at the most up-to-date 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 creation and intake of celebrity
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So he was half a rationalist eighteenth-century Scot and half a reckless libertarian aristocrat. In the making of the idea of celebrity he confirmed the necessity of charm and its magnified echo, glamour. He tied the knot between sex, fame and the artist. Not that his conquests were at all unwilling. Desire and fame swept them into his arms. He remains a byword for his kind of good looks; his merry, teasing, tender, offhand personality shines out from the poems as unmistakably as it must have done on the way to bed.
Turner, G. (2013) Understanding Celebrity (2004). 2nd rev. edn. London: Sage. Part One The Genealogy of Celebrity Introduction P. David Marshall Using the term genealogy of celebrity as opposed to the history of celebrity for this opening part is quite deliberate. It was Foucault via Nietzsche who used the concept of genealogy to describe some of his method. Genealogy for Foucault was designed to dismantle history in many ways in order to identify the relationship that particular formations of knowledge had to power (Foucault 1977).
Their companionship is inviting and seductive, and it offers forms of intimacy through the way it communicates in sensuous forms of expression. 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.
A Companion to Celebrity by P. David Marshall