Celebrity and the Feminist Blockbuster by Anthea Taylor

By Anthea Taylor

In the 1st book-length research of superstar feminism, Anthea Taylor convincingly argues that the main obvious feminists within the mediasphere were authors of bestselling works of non-fiction: feminist ‘blockbusters’. Celebrity and The Feminist Blockbuster explores how the authors of those well known feminist books have formed the general public identification of recent feminism, sometimes over many a long time. keeping a contrast among girls who're well-known as a result of their feminism and people who later upload feminism to their ‘brand’, Taylor contends that Western superstar feminism, as a political mode of public subjectivity, can't in any uncomplicated approach be obvious as homologous with other kinds of stardom. relocating deftly from the Nineteen Sixties to the current, concentrating on how feminist authors have actively labored to fabricate their public personas, she demonstrates that the blockbuster is still the most important to feminist celebrification yet is now frequently augmented with electronic media. Advancing superstar stories by way of putting the determine of the feminist entrance and centre, superstar and the Feminist Blockbuster is crucial analyzing for all these drawn to gender, well known feminism, and the politics of renown.

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1: 79–96 Taylor, A. with Dever, M. & Adkins, L. B. (2010) Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty First Century, London: Polity Tuchman, G. (1978) Making News: A Study of the Construction of Reality, New York: The Free Press Turner, G. D. & Bonner, F. (2000) Fame Games: The Production of Celebrity in Australia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Van Krieken, R. (2012) Celebrity Society, New York: Routledge Van Zoonen, L. 4: 453–476 Weber, B. (2012) Women and Literary Celebrity in the Nineteenth Century: The Translantic Production of Fame and Gender, Farnham: Ashgate Wernick, A.

Despite its longer history, the ‘celebritization of politics’ is a widely written about, and sometimes lamented, modern phenomenon; others have emphasized its potentialities, especially in terms of engaging audiences (Drake and Higgins 2006; Street 2012; Wheeler 2013). That politicians are now required to use the same tools of marketing and self-presentation, and models of fan interaction and intimacy traditionally associated with those in entertainment fields, is unquestionable.  98), the celebrity feminist is an explicitly political figure.

They have, therefore, been central in constructing, publicizing, and popularizing, © The Author(s) 2016 A. 1057/978-1-137-37334-2_2 25 26 A. TAYLOR feminism(s). Such women, those who have been called ‘feminism’s big girls’ (Henderson 2006), exemplify the specific intersection of feminism and celebrity that I label ‘blockbuster celebrity feminism’. In the case of Brown, Friedan, and Greer it is not just these women as celebrities but also their blockbusters that remain publicly visible and that continue to shape certain narratives about feminism and its history.

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