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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Abstract

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
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2015 16:36
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2020 00:39
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/52848
DOI: 10.1080/19392397.2015.995898

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