Contact: Dr Aoife Monks Overlap: None Prerequisite: None
This module examines `celebrity¿ and the `performance of celebrity¿. It positions an array of celebrities (actors, politicians, musicians, sports-people) within their individual political, social, historical and cultural contexts allowing them to be read as `media texts¿ through which to think through and around issues of commodification, globalization stardom, narcissism, iconography, philanthropy, cultural appropriation, media consumption and media production. The module refracts these issues through a variety of theoretical and ideological lenses (feminism, Marxism, cultural materialism, post-colonialism), encouraging close analysis of the way in which celebrity constructions of race, gender, nation, sexuality and power function in the public¿s imagination. The module focuses on the development and imperatives of 21st century fame, opening with historical-case studies of manifestations of celebrity and culminating in contemporary case studies.