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The Resource Fame : what the classics tell us about our cult of celebrity, Tom Payne

Fame : what the classics tell us about our cult of celebrity, Tom Payne

Label
Fame : what the classics tell us about our cult of celebrity
Title
Fame
Title remainder
what the classics tell us about our cult of celebrity
Statement of responsibility
Tom Payne
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
We may regard celebrities as deities, but that does not mean we worship them with deference. From prehistory to the present, humanity has possessed a primal urge first to exalt the famous but then to cut them down (Michael Jackson, anyone?). Why do we treat the ones we love like burnt offerings in a ritual of human sacrifice? Perhaps because that is exactly what they are. From Greek mythology to the stories of the Christian martyrs and Dr. Faustus, Payne makes the fascinating argument that our relationship to celebrity is perilous, and that we wouldn't have it any other way. He also shows that the people we choose as our heroes and villains throughout the ages says a lot about ourselvesand what it says is often quite frightening. Fame even brings new life to all the literary figures from our high school English classes. In these pages, the most ephemeral reality television stars (those "famous for being famous") find themselves in the same VIP lounge as the characters of The Iliad. With great wit, scholarship, and insight, Tom Payne draws the narratives of the past and the present into one intriguing story
Summary
In a comparison of modern celebrity culture to the classics, the author draws parallels between the society's perception of such celebrities as Britney Spears and Michael Jackson and figures from Greek mythology
Writing style
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374181
Cataloging source
DLC
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1971-
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Payne, Tom
Dewey number
302/.1
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Fame
  • Celebrities
  • Popular culture
  • Civilization, Classical
  • Heroes in literature
  • Hero worship
Target audience
adult
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what the classics tell us about our cult of celebrity
Label
Fame : what the classics tell us about our cult of celebrity, Tom Payne
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A certain sacrifice : what was Britney telling us when she cut her own hair? -- Temporary like Achilles : why do we reject our heroes -- And what became of last year's snow : are celebrities becoming less beautiful? -- Sympathy for the Devil : have geniuses more often than not sold their souls? -- Divas and divinities : are celebrities (anything) like gods? -- Eternal flame : did the early Christians find a way to be immortal? -- I want to be like you-hoo-hoo : why do famous people influence us? -- If you want to evict Jade, vote now -- We're all individuals (yes, we're all individuals) : how the scent of Mariah Carey had the power to make us all part of something special -- You complete me : how celebrity couplings provide an index on celebrities and ultimately on the rest of us -- Too much information : how well do we really know famous people? -- Shades : Can the famous ever shed their fame?
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
x, 274 pages
Isbn
9780312429935
Lccn
2010030959
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)606786038
  • ocn606786038
  • OCoLC
Label
Fame : what the classics tell us about our cult of celebrity, Tom Payne
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A certain sacrifice : what was Britney telling us when she cut her own hair? -- Temporary like Achilles : why do we reject our heroes -- And what became of last year's snow : are celebrities becoming less beautiful? -- Sympathy for the Devil : have geniuses more often than not sold their souls? -- Divas and divinities : are celebrities (anything) like gods? -- Eternal flame : did the early Christians find a way to be immortal? -- I want to be like you-hoo-hoo : why do famous people influence us? -- If you want to evict Jade, vote now -- We're all individuals (yes, we're all individuals) : how the scent of Mariah Carey had the power to make us all part of something special -- You complete me : how celebrity couplings provide an index on celebrities and ultimately on the rest of us -- Too much information : how well do we really know famous people? -- Shades : Can the famous ever shed their fame?
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
x, 274 pages
Isbn
9780312429935
Lccn
2010030959
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)606786038
  • ocn606786038
  • OCoLC

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