‘Starring… Dyer?’: Re-visiting star studies and contemporary celebrity culture

Holmes, Su ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4243-8337 (2005) ‘Starring… Dyer?’: Re-visiting star studies and contemporary celebrity culture. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 2 (2). pp. 6-21. ISSN 1744-6716

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Responding to the apparently ubiquitous interest in contemporary fame, the last ten years has seen an expansion of academic work on stardom/celebrity, whether in film, media and cultural studies or beyond. Reflecting contemporary popular discourse, the emphasis here has often been on change: the notion that modern celebrity represents a qualitative break with the past. But what has arguably been lacking is a sense of dialogue or debate about the implications of this ‘shift’ for (now long-standing) theoretical/methodological approaches in the field. In this article, I bring aspects of these spheres together – the history of academic discourse on celebrity and the province of modern fame – in order to stimulate questions about their present and future relationship. In particular, I return to the seminal work of Richard Dyer (1979; 1986) as a form of dialogue between these spheres, placing his intervention within the history of work on stardom/ celebrity, and evaluating its relationship with contemporary celebrity culture.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Film and Television Studies (former - to 2012)
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:56
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2023 13:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/8739
DOI: 10.16997/wpcc.18

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