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Celebrity Encounters: Transatlantic Fame in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America (Portsmouth)

July 4, 2014 - July 5, 2014

Celebrity Encounters: Transatlantic Fame in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America, University of Portsmouth

Building on recent scholarship that has demonstrated that the discourses, practices and conditions associated with twentieth- and twenty-first-century celebrity culture were already in place in America and Europe by the end of the eighteenth century, this conference explores the transatlantic dimensions of nineteenth-century constructions of fame and fandom. It considers the ways transatlantic celebrity affected relationships between, and the identities of, celebrities and fans, and facilitated a questioning of geographically located notions of identity, race, gender and class. In the context of new forms of communication, transport and media that irrevocably altered celebrity cultural exchanges across the Atlantic, this conference focuses on the nature of celebrity encounters and the complexities of relationships between famous Americans and their British fans; British lions and their American devotees; and British and American celebrities.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
David Haven Blake (The College of New Jersey)
Tom Mole (University of Edinburgh)
Richard Salmon (University of Leeds)

Details

Start:
July 4, 2014
End:
July 5, 2014
Event Category:
Website:
https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/55508

Organizer

University of Portsmouth
Email:
paraic.finnerty@port.ac.uk

Venue

University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth, United Kingdom + Google Map