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Celebrity: The Idiom of a Modern Era
By Barbel Czennia (editor)
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Publisher Ams Pr Inc
Publication date January 31, 2013
Pages 328
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780404648701
ISBN-10 0404648703
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.25 by 9 in.
Weight 1.50 lbs.
Original list price $121.50
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Considerable attention in our own time is devoted to the cult of celebrity: to celebrating people who attain great fame and the cultural events and paraphernalia that surround them. While even sophisticated observers are tempted to regard celebrity as a phenomenon distinctly related to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, it is by no means a recent invention. The nineteenth, eighteenth, and even seventeenth century also expended enormous energies in scrutinising and analysing the "celebrated" persons or events of their times. Indeed, the publicity apparatus that we associate with celebrity today can be seen as a natural outgrowth of the first experiments with mass media in the "early modern" and "modern" eras. This volume explores the genesis of and the variations on "celebrity" during the long eighteenth century, both in English-speaking cultures and in the broader western sphere of cultural influence.

The interdisciplinary and international character of the topic gives this volume unusually wide scope, touching on cultural history (including literary history, art history, and music history) as well as cultural studies, media studies, psychology, and even science and anthropology. The essays are organised into three sections according to their approach to the topic and preceded by a critical introduction that examines the general culture of celebrity in the period, provides a detailed research overview, and offers synopses of the individual contributions. The collection is rounded off by an afterword, nineteen black-and-white illustrations, and a general index.

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9780404648701 | details & prices | 328 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $121.50
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