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Celebrity personalities, who reign over much of our cultural landscape, owe their fame not to specific deeds but to the ability to project a distinct personal image, to create an icon of the self. Rising Star is a fascinating look at the roots of this particular form of celebrity. Here Rhonda Garelick locates a prototype of the star personality in the dandies and aesthete literary figures of the nineteenth century, including Beau Brummell, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, and Oscar Wilde, and explores their peculiarly charged relationship with women and performance.

When fin-de-siècle aesthetes turned their attention to the new, "feminized" spectacle of mass culture, Garelick argues, they found a disturbing female counterpart to their own highly staged personae. She examines the concept of the broadcasted self-image in literary works as well as in such unwritten cultural texts as the choreography and films of dancer Loie Fuller, the industrialized spectacles of European World Fairs, and the cultural performances taking place today in fields ranging from entertainment to the academy. Recent dandy-like figures such as the artist formerly known as Prince, Madonna, Jacques Derrida, and Jackie O. all share a legacy provided by the encounter between "high" and early mass culture. Garelick's analysis of this encounter covers a wide range of topics, from the gender complexity of the European male dandy and the mechanization of the female body to Orientalist performance, the origins of cinema, and the emergence of "crowd" theory and mass politics.

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"A wonderfully written book that joins extensive and solid research with imaginative interpretation. Rhonda Garelick makes highly intelligent use of contemporary cultural critique, materials on queer performance, commodity merchandising, and interpretive mediation. I was fully engaged, entertained, and enlightened."--Mary Ann Caws, author of The Art of Interference and The Surrealist Look: An Erotics of Encounter

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Celebrity personalities, who reign over much of our cultural landscape, owe their fame not to specific deeds but to the ability to project a distinct personal image, to create an icon of the self. Rising Star is a fascinating look at the roots of this particular form of celebrity. Here Rhonda Garelick locates a prototype of the star personality in the dandies and aesthete literary figures of the nineteenth century, including Beau Brummell, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, and Oscar Wilde, and explores their peculiarly charged relationship with women and performance.

When fin-de-siècle aesthetes turned their attention to the new, "feminized" spectacle of mass culture, Garelick argues, they found a disturbing female counterpart to their own highly staged personae. She examines the concept of the broadcasted self-image in literary works as well as in such unwritten cultural texts as the choreography and films of dancer Loie Fuller, the industrialized spectacles of European World Fairs, and the cultural performances taking place today in fields ranging from entertainment to the academy. Recent dandy-like figures such as the artist formerly known as Prince, Madonna, Jacques Derrida, and Jackie O. all share a legacy provided by the encounter between "high" and early mass culture. Garelick's analysis of this encounter covers a wide range of topics, from the gender complexity of the European male dandy and the mechanization of the female body to Orientalist performance, the origins of cinema, and the emergence of "crowd" theory and mass politics.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction3
Ch. 1The Treatises of Dandyism14
Balzac's Traite de la vie elegante14
Barbey's Du Dandysme et de George Brummell19
Baudelaire's Le Peintre de la vie moderne27
Idols and Effigies: Jean Lorrain's Une Femme par jour40
Ch. 2Mallarme: Crowds, Performance, and the Fashionable Woman47
Ch. 3Robotic Pleasures, Dance, and the Media Personality78
Ch. 4Electric Salome: The Mechanical Dances of Loie Fuller99
Ch. 5Camp Salome: Oscar Wilde's Circles of Desire128
Afterword154
Notes169
Bibliography213
Index227

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691048697
Author:
Garelick, Rhonda K.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Garelick, Rhonda K.
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Theater - History & Criticism
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
French literature
Subject:
Sex role in literature
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 halftones
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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Product details 248 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691048697 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "A wonderfully written book that joins extensive and solid research with imaginative interpretation. Rhonda Garelick makes highly intelligent use of contemporary cultural critique, materials on queer performance, commodity merchandising, and interpretive mediation. I was fully engaged, entertained, and enlightened."--Mary Ann Caws, author of The Art of Interference and The Surrealist Look: An Erotics of Encounter
"Synopsis" by , Celebrity personalities, who reign over much of our cultural landscape, owe their fame not to specific deeds but to the ability to project a distinct personal image, to create an icon of the self. Rising Star is a fascinating look at the roots of this particular form of celebrity. Here Rhonda Garelick locates a prototype of the star personality in the dandies and aesthete literary figures of the nineteenth century, including Beau Brummell, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, and Oscar Wilde, and explores their peculiarly charged relationship with women and performance.

When fin-de-siècle aesthetes turned their attention to the new, "feminized" spectacle of mass culture, Garelick argues, they found a disturbing female counterpart to their own highly staged personae. She examines the concept of the broadcasted self-image in literary works as well as in such unwritten cultural texts as the choreography and films of dancer Loie Fuller, the industrialized spectacles of European World Fairs, and the cultural performances taking place today in fields ranging from entertainment to the academy. Recent dandy-like figures such as the artist formerly known as Prince, Madonna, Jacques Derrida, and Jackie O. all share a legacy provided by the encounter between "high" and early mass culture. Garelick's analysis of this encounter covers a wide range of topics, from the gender complexity of the European male dandy and the mechanization of the female body to Orientalist performance, the origins of cinema, and the emergence of "crowd" theory and mass politics.

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