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“Celebrity in American Culture: From Barnum to Blockbuste

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“Celebrity in American Culture: From Barnum to Blockbuste






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“Celebrity in American Culture: From Barnum to Blockbusters”

Introduction

9-17-14Slide2

Weebly Site

Address:

ollicelebrityinamerica@weebly.com

Contains course information

A copy of the syllabus

Active links to readings

Active links to the Power Point presentations

Discussion questions for the readings

Supplemental resources

Instructor contact info:

caltex6@verizon.net

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Definitions: Celebrity

Celebrity

n.

the state of being celebrated

Celebrity

n

. a celebrated person

Celebrate

vb

. to hold up or play up for public acclaim: extoll

Celebrated

adj.

widely known and often referred toSlide4

Latin & French Roots

Latin

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celer

-quick, swift, rapid, speedy, fast

French

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celeber

-much frequented; famousSlide5

Definitions: Famous

Famous

adj

. 1a. widely known, b. honored for achievement 2. excellent, first-rateSlide6

Synonyms

Renowned

Noted

Distinguished

Eminent

Illustrious

Legendary

Recognized

Prominent

Well-known

Popular

Sensational Slide7

Variations: Negative

Notorious

Infamous

ScandalousSlide8

Gossip

n

.

a rumor or report of an intimate nature

n

. a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts

Usually considered scandalous or surprising

Rumor-

n

. 1: talk or opinion widely disseminated with no discernable source: hearsay 2: a statement or report without known authority for its truthSlide9

Media

Plural of “medium”

Medium

n.

means of effecting or conveying something: as (1) a publication or broadcast that carries advertising (2) a channel of communication (3) a mode of artistic expression or communication”

Electronic mediums

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radio, TV, cable, internet, films, recorded

music, photographs

& all copy & playback methods

Print mediums

-magazines, newspapers, books, posters, advertisements, photographsSlide10

Celebrity: Constituent Parts

The celebrity

The fan

A medium for the two to find each otherSlide11

Types of Celebrities: Artists

Actors

Directors

Writers

Artists

MusiciansSlide12

Types of Celebrities: Non-artists

Athletes

Journalists

Reality-emcees, hosts, participants, contestants

Government-elected & appointed officials

Military-heroes & leaders

Religious

Criminals

Philanthropists

Business leadersSlide13

Course Overview: Part 1

P.T. Barnum (1830s & 1840s)-Cook & Adams

Hollywood movie star system-de Cordova

Mae West & censorship-Hamilton

Theoretical view of movie stars-Dyer

Elvis Presley-

Guralnick

1930s & 40s radio star system-

Murry

1940s & 50s TV star system-MurraySlide14

Course Overview: Part 2

Collapse of live TV star system (1950s)-Murray

Beatlemania

-Ehrenreich, et al.

Fandom as pathology-Jensen

Heroes vs. Celebrities-

Boorstin

Celebrity, the tabloid & democracy-Turner

Gossip: Walter Winchell-

Gabler

Scandal & gossip magazines (1950s)-

DesjardinesSlide15

Course Overview: Part 3

Celebrity & journalism-Marshall

Celebrities & copyright-McLeod

Celebrities, Power & New Media-MarshallSlide16

Approaches

American Studies

American History

Media Studies

Media Theory

Gender Studies

Censorship Studies

Copyright LawSlide17

Questions & Resources

What do you want to get out of this class?

How do you want to participate?

To read or not to read?

The Discussion Questions?

Class lectures

Class discussion

Supplemental readings & viewings