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Celebrity’s histories


van Krieken, R, Celebrity's histories, Routledge Handbook of Celebrity Studies, Routledge, A Elliott (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 26-43. ISBN 9781315776774 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315776774


This chapter examines the four different approaches to celebrity's history in reverse order, starting with the writers emphasizing the nineteenth century as the point of origin, then going backwards to the eighteenth century, the sixteenth century and then the twelfth century. The central historical concept in Daniel Boorstin's account was what he called 'the Graphic Revolution': the period from around the mid-nineteenth century where there was a massive expansion in the US in the capacity to create and disseminate images as well as information. The realm of visual culture and the creators of images also played an increasingly important role in the celebrity production process, because of improvements and a lowering of costs in the mass reproduction of visual material such as portraits. The realms of the court and the monarchy and the mechanisms of the absolutist state were a crucial source of the theatricalization of society, driven by the performative dynamics of political power.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:celebrity, history
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences
UTAS Author:van Krieken, R (Professor Robert van Krieken)
ID Code:141074
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-09-23
Last Modified:2020-12-02

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