Celebrity: A History of Fame


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New York University Press
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6.0 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Susan J. Douglas (Author)
Susan J. Douglas is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Michigan. She is the author of five books, including The Rise of Enlightened Sexism (2010), Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination (1999) and Where The Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media (1994).

Andrea McDonnell (Author)
Andrea McDonnell is Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Emmanuel College. She is the author of Reading Celebrity Gossip Magazines (2014) and has published numerous articles examining the relationship between media and popular culture.


"There is no more perfect timing for this brilliant examination of celebrity as the primary currency of public life than in the era of a reality show president!"--Jeffrey P. Jones, Executive Director, Peabody Awards
"Douglas and McDonnell focus ... on technological change in the United States and its implications for celebrity culture ... highlights a transformation that has only intensified in the era of twenty-four-hour cable and Twitter."--New York Review of Books
"From Alexander the Great to Donald Trump, from Clara Bow to Kim Kardashian, fame has been an odd mix of products, personalities, pleasures, and politics. Carefully attuned to the impact of technologies and media, and to the interplay between celebrity industries and their audiences, Celebrity offers a detailed history of fame that is smart, rich, complex, current, and fun."--Joshua Gamson, author of Claims to Fame: Celebrity in Contemporary America
"An indispensable resource for understanding the deep connections between celebrities, the media, the public and the celebrity production industry. Douglas and McDonnell offer an expert guide to the current moment of heightened media visibility and celebrity accessibility, reminding us of the crucial history of celebrity and fame."--Sarah Banet-Weiser, author of Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny