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The Resource Spectacular disappearances : celebrity and privacy, 1696-1801, Julia H. Fawcett

Spectacular disappearances : celebrity and privacy, 1696-1801, Julia H. Fawcett

Label
Spectacular disappearances : celebrity and privacy, 1696-1801
Title
Spectacular disappearances
Title remainder
celebrity and privacy, 1696-1801
Statement of responsibility
Julia H. Fawcett
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"How can people in the spotlight control their self-representations when the whole world seems to be watching? The question is familiar, but not new. Julia Fawcett examines the stages, pages, and streets of eighteenth-century London as England's first modern celebrities performed their own strange and spectacular self-representations. They include the enormous wig that actor Colley Cibber donned in his comic role as Lord Foppington--and that later reappeared on the head of Cibber's cross-dressing daughter, Charlotte Charke. They include the black page of Tristram Shandy, a memorial to the parson Yorick (and author Laurence Sterne), a page so full of ink that it cannot be read. And they include the puffs and prologues that David Garrick used to heighten his publicity while protecting his privacy; the epistolary autobiography, modeled on the sentimental novel, of Garrick's protégé George Anne Bellamy; and the elliptical poems and portraits of the poet, actress, and royal courtesan Mary Robinson, a.k.a. Perdita. Linking all of these representations is a quality that Fawcett terms "over-expression," the unique quality that allows celebrities to meet their spectators' demands for disclosure without giving themselves away. Like a spotlight so brilliant it is blinding, these exaggerated but illegible self-representations suggest a new way of understanding some of the key aspects of celebrity culture, both in the eighteenth century and today. They also challenge divides between theatrical character and novelistic character in eighteenth-century studies, or between performance studies and literary studies today. The book provides an indispensable history for scholars and students in celebrity studies, performance studies, and autobiography--and for anyone curious about the origins of the eighteenth-century self."
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Cataloging source
OCLCE
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Fawcett, Julia H
Dewey number
305.5/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DA485
LC item number
.F39 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Celebrities
  • Fame
  • English literature
  • Theater
  • Privacy
  • Great Britain
Label
Spectacular disappearances : celebrity and privacy, 1696-1801, Julia H. Fawcett
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Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-261) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The celebrity emerges as the deformed king: Richard III, the king of the dunces, and the overexpression of Englishness -- The growth of celebrity culture: Colley Cibber, Charlotte Charke, and the overexpression of gender -- The canon of print: Laurence Sterne and the overexpression of character -- The fate of overexpression in the age of sentiment: David Garrick, George Anne Bellamy, and the paradox of the actor -- The memoirs of Perdita and the language of loss: Mary Robinson's alternative to overexpression -- Coda: overexpression and its legacy
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 280 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780472121809
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
ocn953594715
Label
Spectacular disappearances : celebrity and privacy, 1696-1801, Julia H. Fawcett
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-261) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The celebrity emerges as the deformed king: Richard III, the king of the dunces, and the overexpression of Englishness -- The growth of celebrity culture: Colley Cibber, Charlotte Charke, and the overexpression of gender -- The canon of print: Laurence Sterne and the overexpression of character -- The fate of overexpression in the age of sentiment: David Garrick, George Anne Bellamy, and the paradox of the actor -- The memoirs of Perdita and the language of loss: Mary Robinson's alternative to overexpression -- Coda: overexpression and its legacy
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 280 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780472121809
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
ocn953594715

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