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Celebrity and the Feminist Blockbuster (Hardcover) (Anthea Taylor)

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In the first book-length study of celebrity feminism, Taylor convincingly argues that the most visible feminists in the mediasphere have been authors of bestselling works of non-fiction: feminist ‘blockbusters’. Celebrity and The Feminist Blockbuster explores how the authors of these popular feminist books have shaped the public identity of modern feminism, in some cases over many decades. Maintaining a distinction between women who are famous because of their feminism and those who later add feminism to their ‘brand’, Taylor contends that Western celebrity feminism, as a political mode of public subjectivity, cannot in any simple way be seen as homologous with other forms of stardom. Moving deftly from the 1960s to the present, focusing on how feminist authors have actively worked to manufacture their public personas, she demonstrates that the blockbuster remains crucial to feminist celebrification but is now often augmented with digital media.The book considers the questions: What is a celebrity feminist? Does celebrity feminism differ from other forms of renown? How might it shape popular understandings of feminism?  Advancing celebrity studies by placing the figure of the feminist front and centre, Celebrity and the Feminist Blockbuster is essential reading for all those interested in gender, popular feminism, and the politics of renown. 
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Social Science, Language + Art + Disciplines
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Anthea Taylor
Language: English
Street Date: December 11, 2016
TCIN: 51637862
UPC: 9781137373335
Item Number (DPCI): 248-28-4012
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