Reluctant Celebrity

Affect and Privilege in Contemporary Stardom

Authors: York, Lorraine

Free Preview
  • Presents an original theory of reluctance in relation to celebrity culture
  • Brings together cultural studies in affect and celebrity studies
  • Reveals how the public performance of reluctance is linked to privilege amongst celebrities such as John Cusack, Robert De Niro, and Daniel Craig
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71174-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71173-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89045-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

In this book, Lorraine York examines the figure of the celebrity who expresses discomfort with his or her intense condition of social visibility. Bringing together the fields of celebrity studies and what Ann Cvetkovich has called the “affective turn in cultural studies”, York studies the mixed affect of reluctance, as it is performed by public figures in the entertainment industries. Setting aside the question of whether these performances are offered “in good faith” or not, York theorizes reluctance as the affective meeting ground of seemingly opposite emotions: disinclination and inclination. The figures under study in this book are John Cusack, Robert De Niro, and Daniel Craig—three white, straight, cis-gendered-male cinematic stars who have persistently and publicly expressed a feeling of reluctance about their celebrity. York examines how the performance of reluctance, which is generally admired in celebrities, builds up cultural prestige that can then be turned to other purposes. 

About the authors

Lorraine York, Distinguished Professor at Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University, Canada. 

Reviews

“Bringing theories of affect to bear on celebrity studies, Reluctant Celebrity offers fascinating new insights into the star personas of three major male Hollywood stars: John Cusack, Robert De Niro and Daniel Craig. In a highly readable, insightful and erudite book, York explores the cultural importance of the figure of the “reluctant celebrity’ in neoliberal culture. If you have an interest in celebrity studies, masculinity, stars, popular culture, and film, you should read this book.” (Dr Tanya Horeck, Reader in Film, Media & Culture, Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Author of Public Rape: Representing Violation in Fiction and Film (2004) and co-editor of The New Extremism in Cinema: From France to Europe, 2011)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71174-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71173-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89045-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

Services for this book

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reluctant Celebrity
Book Subtitle
Affect and Privilege in Contemporary Stardom
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71174-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71174-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71173-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-89045-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 153
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
Topics