♥ Book Title : Anonymous Celebrity
☯ Full Synopsis : "What if a man were so shallow that he couldn't believe his life had meaning unless he was loved and desired by millions of people? What if everything he learned from his television, from the movies, from what he heard on the radio, was treated as an absolute and incontrovertible truth? And what, then, if this man was amoral, cunning, and willing to lie, seduce, and kill to save himself from anonymity? With an army of consultants, a library of "howto" manuals, and an endless variety of product placements at his behest, the hero of "Anonymous Celebrity" sets out to become king of his own little world--which unfortunately turns out to be the same one the rest of us live in. Equal parts Nabokov, "All About Eve," and "Big Brother," this is a bawdy, irreverent indictment of our self-absorbed culture of celebrity, where to be anything less than famous means being something less than human..."Article| Ignácio de Loyola Brandão| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Oxford Handbook to European Romanticism is a guide to European Romanticism written for an English-speaking audience. It finishes with a chapter on the European Romantic attitude to Britain. The authors are all expert in the original languages of the writers and topics which they discuss. European Romanticism sits in an epochal period full of historical excitement, beginning with the French Revolution and extending to the uprisings of 1848 acrossEurope. It witnessed what was arguably the first world war, against Napoleon, and the post-Napoleonic settlement at the Congress of Vienna which shaped the Europe which lasted until the Great War. Germany'sgreatest writer, Goethe, and Russia's, Pushkin, lived during this time. Other writers from different countries are comparably important - Mme de Staël, the founder of the sociology of literature and the original cultural commentator in her book On Germany; Giacomo Leopardi, the second greatest Italian poet after Dante; Victor Hugo, greates French writer of the 19th century, hélas, and many others."Article| Paul Hamilton| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Celebrity
☯ Full Synopsis : "An analysis of the cult of celebrity in modern society."Article| Chris Rojek| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Metaphor of Celebrity
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Metaphor of Celebrity is an exploration of the significance of literary celebrity in Canadian poetry. It focuses on the lives and writing of four widely recognized authors who wrote about stardom – Leonard Cohen, Michael Ondaatje, Irving Layton, and Gwendolyn MacEwen – and the specific moments in Canadian history that affected the ways in which they were received by the broader public. Joel Deshaye elucidates the relationship between literary celebrity and metaphor in the identity crises of celebrities, who must try to balance their public and private selves in the face of considerable publicity. He also examines the ways in which celebrity in Canadian poetry developed in a unique way in light of the significant cultural events of the decades between 1950 and 1980, including the Massey Commission, the flourishing of Canadian publishing, and the considerable interest in poetry in the 1960s and 1970s, which was followed by a rapid fall from public grace, as poetry was overwhelmed by greater popular interest in Canadian novels."Article| Joel Deshaye| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Actors Anonymous
☯ Full Synopsis : "A darkly comic tale by the actor, artist and author of Pao Alto is told in the style of Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step testimonials, scripts, letters, diary entries and other forms that explore the nature and purpose of acting while sharing moving and satirical portraits of actors who did not achieve fame."Article| James Franco| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Victorian Celebrity Culture and Tennyson's Circle
☯ Full Synopsis : "Tennyson experienced at first hand the all-pervasive nature of celebrity culture. It caused him to retreat from the eyes of the world. This book delineates Tennyson's reluctant celebrity and its effects on his writings, on his coterie of famous and notable friends and on the ever-expanding, media-led circle of Tennyson's admirers."Article| C. Boyce| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Killer Passion
☯ Full Synopsis : "There was no way Alicia Greco could afford to get involved with any man right now, and especially not Special Agent Griffin Malone. He'd come to Fiji to profile the serial killer who was stalking the shining white beaches of the island paradise. She was his key witness. And yet…there was something about the obsessed, shadow-haunted profiler that she simply couldn't resist. So she gave in to his seduction, and to a passion more searing, more intense, than anything she had ever dared to dream of—a passion that made her the ruthless killer's next target."Article| Sheri WhiteFeather| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Celebrity Sells
☯ Full Synopsis : "Celebrities have always captured the imagination of the public. In today's age of consumerism, their ability to influence our behaviour can be seen worldwide. Harnessing this power can reap huge rewards for business — the Jamie Oliver campaign helped turn around Sainsbury?s fortunes, with the return on investment estimated at £27.95 for every advertising pound spent; sales of Walker?s Crisps increased by 105% thanks to Gary Lineker; One to One re-launched its brand with stars including Kate Moss and Elvis Presley. Celebrity Sells demonstrates the awesome power of famous names, when skilfully used, to sell brands and offers practical advice on how to develop and advertise a brand using celebrities, including: How to choose the right celebrity for your brand How to build your brand using a celebrity How to manage relationships with celebrities How to protect celebrity and brand reputation"Article| Hamish Pringle| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Celebrity Culture
☯ Full Synopsis : "In this fascinating and topical beginners guide, Ellis Cashmore explores the intriguing issue of celebrity culture: its origins, its meaning and its global influence. Covering such varied perspectives as fame addiction, the ‘celebrification’ of politics and celebrity fatigue, Cashmore analyzes the relationship celebrity has with commodification and the consumer society, and investigates the new media and the quest for self-perfection. Cashmore takes readers on a quest that visits the Hollywood film industry of the early twentieth century, the film set of Cleopatra in the 1970s, the dressing room of Madonna in the 1980s, the burial of Diana in the 1990s, and the Big Brother house of the early 2000s. Author of Beckham and Tyson, Cashmore collects research, theory, and case studies en route as he explores the intriguing issue of celebrity culture: its origins, its meaning, and its global influence. Including reviews of existing literature, and an outline of key contemporary topics, this absorbing book skilfully explains why we have become so captivated by the lives and loves of the celebrity and, in so doing, presents the clearest, most comprehensive, wide-ranging, and accessible account of celebrity culture to date."Article| Ellis Cashmore| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Modernism and the Culture of Celebrity
☯ Full Synopsis : "In this 2005 book, Jaffe examines the interactions of modernist literary fame and celebrity culture in the early twentieth century."Article| Aaron Jaffe| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Margaret Atwood and the Labour of Literary Celebrity
☯ Full Synopsis : "For every famous author there is a score of individuals working behind the scenes to promote and maintain her celebrity status. This timely and thoughtful book considers the particular case of internationally renowned writer Margaret Atwood and the active agents working in concert with her, including her assistants and office staff, her publicists, her literary agents, and her editors. Lorraine York explores the ways in which the careers of famous writers are managed and maintained and the extent to which literary celebrity creates a constant tension in these writers’ lives between the need of solitude for creative purposes and the give-and-take of the business of being a writer of significant public stature. Making extensive use of unpublished material in the Margaret Atwood Papers at the University of Toronto, York demonstrates the extent to which celebrity writers must embrace and protect themselves from the demands of the literary world, including by participating in – or even inventing – new forms of technology that facilitate communication from a slight remove. This informative study calls overdue attention to the ways in which literary celebrity is the result not only of a writer’s creativity and hard work, but also of an ongoing collaborative effort among professionals to help maintain the writer’s place in the public eye."Article| Lorraine York| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Adaptation, Intermediality and the British Celebrity Biopic
☯ Full Synopsis : "Beginning with the premise that the biopic is a form of adaptation and an example of intermediality, this collection examines the multiplicity of 'source texts' and the convergence of different media in this genre, alongside the concurrent issues of fidelity and authenticity that accompany this form. The contributors focus on big and small screen biopics of British celebrities from the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, attending to their myth-making and myth-breaking potential. Related topics are the contemporary British biopic's participation in the production and consumption of celebrated lives, and the biopic's generic fluidity and hybridity as evidenced in its relationship to such forms as the bio-docudrama. Offering case studies of film biographies of literary and cultural icons, including Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II, Diana Princess of Wales, John Lennon, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Beau Brummel, Carrington and Beatrix Potter, the essays address how British identity and heritage are interrogated in the (re)telling and showing of these lives, and how the reimagining of famous lives for the screen is influenced by recent processes of manufacturing celebrity."Article| Dr Maddalena Pennacchia| Statement ..."