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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Celebrity and the Media

ISBN 9780230292680
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Key Concerns in Media Studies

An engaging introduction to the key terms, concepts, dilemmas and issues that are central to the study and critical understanding of celebrity, exploring the impacts of celebrity culture on the modern media and examining the influence that celebrity has on the way people place themselves in the modern world.

Sean Redmond is Associate Professor in Media and Communication at Deakin University, Australia and is the editor of the journal Celebrity Studies. His research interests include stardom and celebrity, film aesthetics, film authorship, and television and film genre.

1. The Celebrity Metronome
2. Seeing the Celebrity Image
3. Buying Celebrity
4. Selling Celebrity
5. Everyday Celebrity
6. The Loneliness Room
Epilogue: I am Celebrity.


A first-rate book, highly original and grounded in the top scholarship. The writing is clear and lucid, the examples compelling, and Redmond's coverage of categories, themes, and personalities surrounding celebrity is masterful. Succinct but comprehensive in coverage, this accessible, up-to-date and useful book is well placed to become the text of choice both for university courses and a broader public.' - Douglas Kellner, UCLA, USA
'In this path-breaking and original work, Sean Redmond constructs a poetics of celebrity. Part auto-ethnography, part a physiology of the celebrity commodity chain, he traces the existential links that bind and simultaneously empower the fan in a search for meaning, a reinvention of the self through, and sometimes against, the seductive images of celebrity.' - Barry King, Professor of Communications, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
'While Redmond stands divided on the darkness and pleasures of the impact of fame, his embodied act of writing on sensing celebrities and enabling sensual agency of readers is what makes this book outstanding, rare, and unique' - Samita Nandy, Celebrity Studies, 2016
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