Oxon: Routledge, 2021.
Call No: 465(94) GEN
Author: Taylor, Anthea; McIntyre, Joanna
PhysDes: 236 pages ; 24 cm
Subject: GENDER AND THE CINEMA. AUSTRALIA; HARRIS, ROLF; CROWE, RUSSELL; GADSBY, HANNAH; SPICER, TRACEY; CARLOTTA; SZUBANSKI, MAGDA; KEDDIE, ASHER; OFFSPRING [TV] (AT, 2010); ME TOO
Summary: This intellectually vibrant volume is the first collection to deal with Australian celebrity in ways that account for both cultural and gendered specificities, demonstrating how gendered ways of imagining Australia are reinforced and contested in celebrity representations and self-presentations.
Gender and Australian Celebrity Culture engages with celebrities across a diverse range of fields – actors, journalists, athletes, comedians, writers, and television personalities – and in doing so critically reflects upon different forms of Australian fame and the media platforms and practices that sustain them. Authors in this volume engage directly with pertinent issues relating to gender and sexuality, including celebrity feminism and the generative capacity of feminist rage; normative femininity and its instability; hegemonic masculinities; and queerness and its (in)visibility. Contributors also intervene in a number of ongoing debates in media and cultural studies more broadly, including those around the politics and affordances of digital media; whiteness and Australia’s colonial histories; celebrity labour; and methodologies for celebrity studies. This timely collection urges scholars of celebrity to attend further both to the gendered nature of celebrity culture and to local conditions of production and consumption.
This book will be of key interest to researchers and graduate students in cultural studies, television and film studies, digital media studies, critical race and whiteness studies, gender and sexuality studies, and literary studies. -- publisher's web site
Contents: Introduction: ‘Gendering Australian celebrity’, Anthea Taylor and Joanna McIntyre
Part I - Celebrity masculinities and settler colonialism -- Chapter One: ‘From mild colonial boy to Jake the Paed: Rolf Harris and Australian celebrity masculinity in the UK’, Tanya Serisier -- Chapter Two: ‘The manly whiteness of Russell Crowe’, Sean Redmond -- Chapter Three: ‘Johnathan Thurston, Indigeneity, and technologies of masculinity in Australian sporting celebrity culture’, Holly Randell-Moon
Part II - Feminist politics and celebrity feminisms -- Chapter Four: ‘Celebritised anger: Theorising feminist rage, voice, and affective injustice through Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette’, Jilly Kay Boyce -- Chapter Five: ‘Clementine Ford, online misogyny, and the labour of celebrity feminism’, Anita Brady -- Chapter Six: "Good" girl turned "bad": Tracey Spicer’s memoir, celebrity feminist journalism, and #MeToo activism in Australia’, Anthea Taylor
Part III - Queer celebrity and marginalised subjectivities -- Chapter Seven: ‘Interviewing a queer national celebrity: Carlotta as an "outsider within" Australian celebrity culture’, Joanna McIntyre -- Chapter Eight: ‘"It was nice for me watching that, because [Magda Szubanski] was very calming": LGBTIQ+ Australians respond to marriage equality activism’, Lucy Watson
Part IV - Self-presentation and celebrity femininities -- Chapter Nine: ‘"I can call myself Australian if I want to": Natalie Tran and Asian Australian femininity on YouTube’, Sara Tomkins -- Chapter Ten: ‘Disarming femininity: Annabel Crabb, celebrity, politics and culture’, Frances Bonner -- Chapter Eleven: ‘"Australian TV’s golden girl": Asher Keddie, Offspring, and the celebrity motherhood narrative’, Renee Middlemost