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The star as icon : celebrity in the age of mass consumption

Author: Daniel Alan Herwitz
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2008.
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Princess Diana, Jackie O, Grace Kelly & mdash;the star icon is the most talked about yet least understood persona. The object of adoration, fantasy, and cult obsession, the star icon is a celebrity, yet she is also something more: a dazzling figure at the center of a media pantomime that is at once voyeuristic and zealously guarded. With skill and humor, Daniel Herwitz pokes at the gears of the celebrity-making  Read more...
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Herwitz, Daniel.
Star as Icon : Celebrity in the Age of Mass Consumption.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2008
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Alan Herwitz
ISBN: 9780231518581 0231518587
OCLC Number: 808344559
Language Note: In English.
Awards: Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2017
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 157 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preface and Acknowledgments; 1. The Candle in the Wind; 2. There Is Only One Star Icon (Except in a Warhol Picture); 3. Therefore Not All Idols Are American; 4. A Star Is Born; 5. The Film Aura: An Intermediate Case; 6. Stargazing and Spying; 7. Teleaesthetics; 8. Diana Haunted and Hunted on TV; 9. Star Aura in Consumer Society (and Other Fatalities); Notes; Index.
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Princess Diana, Jackie O, Grace Kelly & mdash;the star icon is the most talked about yet least understood persona. The object of adoration, fantasy, and cult obsession, the star icon is a celebrity, yet she is also something more: a dazzling figure at the center of a media pantomime that is at once voyeuristic and zealously guarded. With skill and humor, Daniel Herwitz pokes at the gears of the celebrity-making machine, recruiting a philosopher's interest in the media, an eye for society, and a love of popular culture to divine our yearning for these iconic figures and the role they pla.

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