Swivelling the spotlight: stardom, celebrity and ‘me’

Holmes, Su, Ralph, Sarah and Redmond, Sean 2015, Swivelling the spotlight: stardom, celebrity and ‘me’, Celebrity studies, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 100-117, doi: 10.1080/19392397.2015.995898.

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Title Swivelling the spotlight: stardom, celebrity and ‘me’
Author(s) Holmes, Su
Ralph, Sarah
Redmond, SeanORCID iD for Redmond, Sean orcid.org/0000-0002-1460-8610
Journal name Celebrity studies
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 100
End page 117
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1939-2397
Keyword(s) autoethnography
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/19392397.2015.995898
Field of Research 200204 Cultural Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
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