Swivelling the spotlight: stardom, celebrity and ‘me’

Holmes, Su, Ralph, Sarah and Redmond, Sean (2015) Swivelling the spotlight: stardom, celebrity and ‘me’. Celebrity Studies, 6 (1). pp. 100-117. ISSN 1939-2397

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Celebrity studies critiques the ways in which celebrity culture constructs discourses of authenticity and disclosure, offering the cultural and economic circulation of the ‘private’ self. Rarely, however, do we turn the spotlight on ourselves as not only scholars of stardom and celebrity, but also part of the audience. Autoethnography has become increasingly important across different disciplines, although its status within media and cultural studies is less visible and secure, not least because the emphasis on personal attachments to media forms may threaten the discipline’s still contested claim to cultural legitimacy. The study of stars and celebrities has often found itself at the ‘lower’ end of this already debased continuum, perhaps making such tensions particularly acute. Based on three personal narratives of engagements with stars and celebrities, this co-authored article explores the potential relationships between autoethnography and celebrity studies, and considers the personal, intellectual, and political implications of bringing the scholar into the celebrity frame.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: autoethnography, emotion, personal, subjectivity
Subjects: P200 Publicity studies
P300 Media studies
P500 Journalism
P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2020 09:12
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 19:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42373

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