Fellows' Presentation

The Drama of Celebrity

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Part of the 2017–2018 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Sharon Marcus RI '18

Free and open to the public.

During her fellowship year, Sharon Marcus is completing “The Drama of Celebrity,” a book that traces the roots of modern celebrity to 19th-century theater and seeks to explain why people find celebrity culture so alluring. Departing from the common view that celebrities and fans alike are dupes of an all-powerful culture industry, Marcus argues that celebrity culture is an evenly pitched struggle in which media workers, publics, and celebrities all vie to define stars.