This afterword traces how the varied essays in this issue offer new theorizations of celebrity, extend the analysis of celebrity to new channels for its dissemination, and expand on the very kinds of personalities who are—or who in the electronic age can suddenly become—celebrities. There are through-lines among the essays (such as the interplay of amateur and professional or the tension between top-down and bottom-up processes of celebrity making), and read together they offer a rich comparative grasp of the complexities of celebrity and fame in the Internet age.
Bodies of Digital Celebrity
Sharrona Pearl is an assistant professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of About Faces: Physiognomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain from Harvard University Press (2010) and has written a number of articles on the history of the body, Victorian studies, and media studies.
Sharrona Pearl, Dana Polan; Bodies of Digital Celebrity. Public Culture 1 January 2015; 27 (1 (75)): 185–192. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2798403
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