Lady Gaga and the Remaking of Celebrity Culture

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McFarland, Jul 25, 2013 - Music - 204 pages
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Lady Gaga represents both the height of celebrity and a disruption of the norms surrounding the social position. This book charts the way the pop star manages the celebrity persona in her relationships with her fans, the development of her gender identity, her parodying of other celebrities, and her navigation of the legal and economic system that make up the music industry. Much of Gaga's ability to maintain ownership of her identity comes from her early decisions to characterize herself as a performance artist. For Gaga, this means living the persona 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Gaga mimicks celebrity life in a self-conscious way that makes the mimicry apparent. Her performance of celebrity is an on-going project--despite what she may claim, she was not born this way. The excess of her celebrity is magnified by her title: Mother Monster. Historically, media narratives of celebrities, monsters, and mothers have centered on uncontrolled excesses that must be contained. Gaga adopts these personas, but refuses to submit to the containment that comes with each.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Monstrous Celebrity
23
2 Dragging the Monster
54
3 The Pop Culture Monster
85
4 Selling the Monstrosity
120
5 Killing the Monster
148
Chapter Notes
167
Bibliography
183
Index
191
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Amber L. Davisson is Lecturer of Media and Cinema Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

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