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First comes love : power couples, celebrity kinship, and cultural politics

Author: Shelley Cobb; Neil Ewen
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
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"With the prominence of one-name couples (Brangelina, Kimye) and famous families (the Smiths, the Beckhams), it is becoming increasingly clear that celebrity is no longer an individual pursuit - if it ever was. In this light, First Comes Love explores celebrity kinship and the phenomenon of the power couple: those relationships where two stars come together and where their individual identities as celebrities become  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shelley Cobb; Neil Ewen
ISBN: 9781628921212 1628921218 9781628921229 1628921226
OCLC Number: 886489364
Description: xv, 371 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / Shelley Cobb, University of Southampton, UK, and Neil Ewen, University of Winchester, UK --
Golden Couples. Introduction --
'Gilbo-Garbage' or 'The Champion Lovemakers of Two Nations': Uncoupling Greta Garbo and John Gilbert / Michael Williams, University of Southampton, UK --
'The Most Envied Couple in America in 1921': Making the Social Register in the Scrapbooks of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald / Sarah Churchwell, University of East Anglia, UK 'Good Fellowship': Carole Lombard and Clark Gable / Michael Hammond, University of Southampton, UK --
Kinships. Introduction --
Filial Coupling, the Incest Narrative, and the O'Neals / Maria Pramaggiore, North Carolina State University, USA --
A Star is Born?: Rishi Kapoor and Dynastic Charisma in Hindi Cinema / Rachel Dwyer, University of London, UK --
Eddie Murphy's Baby Mama Drama and Smith Family Values: The (Post- ) Racial Familial Politics of Hollywood Celebrity Couples / Hannah Hamad, King's College London, UK --
Momager of the Brides: Kris Jenner's Management of Kardashian Romance / Alice Leppert, Ursinus College, USA --
Marriage. Introduction --
Diana's Rings: Fetishizing The Royal Couple / Margaret Schwartz, Fordham University, USA --
Behind Every Great Woman --?: Celebrity, Political Leadership, and the Privileging of Marriage / Anthea Taylor, University of Queensland, Australia --
It's the Thought That Counts: North Korea's Glocalization of the Celebrity Couple and the Mediated Politics of Reform / David Zeglen, NTNU Trondheim, Norway --
Ellen and Portia's Wedding: The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage and Celesbianism / Shelley Cobb, University of Southampton, UK --
Audrey Hollander and Otto Bauer: The Perfect (Pornographic) Marriage? / Beccy Collings, University of East Anglia, UK --
Love. Introduction --
The Return of Liz and Dick / Suzanne Leonard, Simmonds College, USA --
'Brad & Angelina: And Now. Brangelina!': A Sociocultural Analysis of Blended Celebrity Couple Names / Vanessa Diaz, University of Michigan, USA --
Jane Fonda, Power Nuptials, and the Project of Aging / Linda Ruth Williams, University of Southampton, UK --
The Making, Unmaking and Re-Making of 'Robsten' / Diane Negra, University College Dublin --
The Good, the Bad, and the Broken: Forms and Functions of Neoliberal Celebrity Relationships / Neil Ewen, University of Winchester, UK.
Responsibility: edited by Shelley Cobb and Neil Ewen.
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"With the prominence of one-name couples (Brangelina, Kimye) and famous families (the Smiths, the Beckhams), it is becoming increasingly clear that celebrity is no longer an individual pursuit - if it ever was. In this light, First Comes Love explores celebrity kinship and the phenomenon of the power couple: those relationships where two stars come together and where their individual identities as celebrities become inseparable from their status as a famous twosome. Each chapter interrogates the ways these alliances are bound up in wider cultural debates about marriage, love, intimacy, family, parenthood, sexuality, and gender, in their particular historical contexts, from the 1920s to the present day. Interdisciplinary in scope, this collection seeks to establish how celebrity relationships have a particular role in dramatizing, disrupting, and reconciling often-contradictory ideas about coupledom and kinship formations"--

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