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Celebrity Culture

Semester and Year SP 2018
Course Number IDSEM-UG1642
Section 001
Instructor Moya Luckett
Days F
Time 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Units 4
Level U
Foundation Requirement   HUM

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Description

This class investigates celebrity culture as a transmedia phenomenon, exploring what it reveals about a culture and its awareness of self. It analyzes celebrity culture from the late nineteenth century to the present, exploring the role of photography, print media, postcards, movies, television, recorded music and digital media. We will consider how media turn to celebrity at a particular point in their history, often as they start to move away from novelty forms and reach mass audiences and acquire a certain “maturity.” Besides examining the different configurations of celebrity produced in each media form, and its relationship to prevailing concerns about fame and the construction of self, we will examine the difference between celebrity and stardom. In the process, we will explore what celebrity discourses reveal about the changing relationship between private and public spheres, work and leisure, and the status of upward mobility and the American dream in twentieth- and twenty-first-century culture.

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)