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Introduction: Modernism and the networks of celebrity construction

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The essays collected in this section make key contributions to the rapidly

    expanding field of literary celebrity studies. Focusing on the moment of

    high early twentieth century modernity (1920s–1930s), the essays attend

    less to the embodied author’s often tortuous relation to the category of celebrity

    — the primary interest of pioneering works in the field, such as Loren Glass’s

    Authors, Inc.: Literary Celebrity in the Modern United States (2004) and Aaron Jaffe’s

    Modernism and the Culture of Celebrity (2005) — and more to a concern with the

    construction of celebrity by closely networked markets, taste communities, forms

    of publicity, and media (radio, sound recordings, film, theatre, journalism, and

    literature). While not dismissing authorial agency, these essays, through their

    meticulous contextualizations of various interwar literary careers, sharpen our

    appreciation of how literary fame was shaped by the large-scale, interlocking

    forces of capitalist modernity.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Davidson, G. R. "Introduction: Modernism and the networks of celebrity construction."^^ Journal of Modern Literature 39 .1 (2015): 127-128.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2354

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 127

End Page


  • 128

Volume


  • 39

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • The essays collected in this section make key contributions to the rapidly

    expanding field of literary celebrity studies. Focusing on the moment of

    high early twentieth century modernity (1920s–1930s), the essays attend

    less to the embodied author’s often tortuous relation to the category of celebrity

    — the primary interest of pioneering works in the field, such as Loren Glass’s

    Authors, Inc.: Literary Celebrity in the Modern United States (2004) and Aaron Jaffe’s

    Modernism and the Culture of Celebrity (2005) — and more to a concern with the

    construction of celebrity by closely networked markets, taste communities, forms

    of publicity, and media (radio, sound recordings, film, theatre, journalism, and

    literature). While not dismissing authorial agency, these essays, through their

    meticulous contextualizations of various interwar literary careers, sharpen our

    appreciation of how literary fame was shaped by the large-scale, interlocking

    forces of capitalist modernity.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Davidson, G. R. "Introduction: Modernism and the networks of celebrity construction."^^ Journal of Modern Literature 39 .1 (2015): 127-128.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2354

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 127

End Page


  • 128

Volume


  • 39

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United States