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chapterposted on 01.01.2016, 00:00 authored by Sean RedmondSean Redmond
Sensing celebrities involves recognition of the way complementary sensory-based elements come together to create, produce and transmit levels of affect and intensities. This chapter explores celebrity through the lens of sensory aesthetics. It begins by defining sensory aesthetics, linking it to the phenomenology of celebrity, and particularly the work of Vivian Sobchack and Laura U. Marks. The chapter draws upon the unique concept of the celebaesthetic subject to address the intersubjective relationship between fan and celebrity. Using Miley Cyrus as a case study, the chapter draws into the analysis the issue of gender and race, and the way conductive “skin” can be made to function as a sensory stereotype. It highlights that mobilization of the celebrity senses touched by transgression may be best understood to take place through the confession, and in the celebrity carnival.