Sharon Marcus’ THE DRAMA OF CELEBRITY (in convo w/ André Dombrowski)

When:
September 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
2019-09-05T18:00:00-04:00
2019-09-05T19:30:00-04:00
Where:
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street Philadelphia
PA 19104 USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The Drama of Celebrity is a look at celebrity over the past 200 years. Arguably invented in the 18th century, the book shows, through archival research and vintage scrapbooks, that celebrity endorsements and fan mail were not invented in Hollywood. Marcus uses Sarah Bernhardt, or the 19th century Lady Gaga,  as her through line throughout to show the continuities between the past and present. The book also uniquely offers a model for how celebrity works: icons are not merely famous for being famous, the media alone cannot make or break stars, and fans are not simply passive dupes. Marcus argues that although some can find celebrity culture disdainful, there is nothing inherently problematic about it and stardom can actually be of real positive import.
Sharon Marcus is a founding editor of Public Books and the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of the award-winning Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton) and Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London. Twitter @MarcusSharon.