The spectrum and the spectre of the public self : persona studies

Marshall, P. David 2012, The spectrum and the spectre of the public self : persona studies, in Celebrity Now, [Routledge], [Abingdon, England], pp. 1-14.

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Title The spectrum and the spectre of the public self : persona studies
Author(s) Marshall, P. DavidORCID iD for Marshall, P. David
Conference name Celebrity Studies Journal. Conference (1st : 2012 : Burwood, Vic.)
Conference location Burwood, Vic.
Conference dates 12-14 Dec. 2012
Title of proceedings Celebrity Now
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Celebrity Studies Journal. Conference
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher [Routledge]
Place of publication [Abingdon, England]
Keyword(s) persona
persona studies
Summary One of the most intriguing elements of the study of celebrity is the complex relationship between the renowned individuals that have celebrity status and the populace. In past work, I have identified how celebrities “embody” audiences producing a kind of audience-subjectivity that is both collective and individual. If our media systems are producing slightly different collective configurations and quite different ways in which individuals exhibit and share, this relationship between the individual and the collective so foregrounded by celebrity culture may be differently constituted. This presentation will look at how the celebration of the self is played out now across culture in variations of the social and para-social structures of celebrity culture, in professional settings and what would be seen as forms of online leisure and recreational activities. In one sense, this is the spectre of celebrity that has now been virtualised by individuals and their forms of public display. In another sense, we now have a very diverse range and spectrum of public personalities which demands a more extensive analysis of the constitution of public persona, where the embodiment of collectives and the articulation of identity forms for different purposes and objectives produce via a series of micro-publics a substantially different public sphere.
Notes Keynote Address, Celebrity Now – Celebrity Studies Inaugural Biennial International Conference, Deakin University, Burwood (Melbourne), 14 December, 2012.
ISSN 1939-2397
Language eng
Field of Research 200204 Cultural Theory
200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
HERDC collection year 2012
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