Communication and Culture | Current Topics in Communication and Culture (Topic: Popular Culture and Celebrity)
C334 | 15289 | Bowdre, K.

TuTh, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM, Location: TBA
Required film screening: Tu, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM

Carries COLL Intensive Writing Credit

Note: CMCL-C 334 can be taken twice for credit when the topic

Instructor: Karen Bowdre
Office: Mottier Hall 208
Phone: 855-0530

Contemporary discourses in the popular media construct the
international obsession with celebrity as being different from times
past.  However, such an approach ignores that celebrity operated
quite powerfully in the early twentieth century and was not
exclusively focused on film stars.  In this course, we will examine
the development of celebrity throughout last century and into the
present.  The class will interrogate the construction and nature of
celebrity from television and film stars to sports figures.  We will
also engage with essays from scholars such as Richard Dyer, Jackie
Stacey, and Graeme Turner.