Celebrity and the Media

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Celebrity and the Media

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ENG 202 or permission of the instructor.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course examines celebrity culture, exploring the differences between stardom and celebrity as cultural, historical and textual phenomena. We will analyze the intertextual relationships between motion pictures, television, the internet, print media and the cultures of celebrity and fame they have produced. We will also reflect upon the impact of celebrity culture on everyday social practices, including the use of the internet and other forms of new media. We will compare the glamorous and auratic fame produced in cinema to television’s smaller scale, to the more “authentic” forms of celebrity found in popular music, and the expansive self-staging and obsessions with fame seen on the internet. We will consider how changes in media, particularly the development of television and the internet, have changed celebrity.

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