Star struck: fandom and the discourse of celebrity

McWilliam, Kelly (2009) Star struck: fandom and the discourse of celebrity. In: Screen media: analysing film and television. Allen & Unwin, Sydney, Australia, pp. 245-271. ISBN 978-1-74175-448-3


This chapter examines the phenomenon of stardom and celebrity in contemporary popular culture, focusing on the screen media industries. The chapter begins by looking at the emergence of celebrity culture in the early twentieth century, before examining what constitutes 'stardom' or 'celebrity', what role stars and celebrities play for the screen media and entertainment industries, and how audiences engage with them. The chapter then overviews three key approaches to studying celebrity—specifically, the semiotic, ideological, and political economy approaches—before concluding with a case study of Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2009 Jane Stadler and Kelly Mc William. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2009 04:52
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 02:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: star; stardom; celebrity; film; television; screen media
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190201 Cinema Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture

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