CMCS Membership & Library

CMCS Membership & Library

CMCS membership is free and open to academics, media professionals, creative practitioners, students, and all community members on our listserv:


In 2012, CMCS research network was founded by scholars published in the field of celebrity studies. It started with bibliographic references and archived reading material and films that academics, journalists, artists, and aficionados could explore to develop research and creative productions in critical/cultural studies of fame. The purpose of this reading list is to empower and engage scholars and public intellectuals in thoughts, productions, and publications on popular media and celebrity culture. While most books, articles, and audio-visual material are available in digital formats, other material can be accessed at libraries and bookstores. In the last 5 years, we have received and shared shipped books and journals at seminars and conferences and look forward to suggesting new reading material. Please feel free recommend bibliographic details that students and journalists may find valuable at any time. In the future, the centre aims to create a library space where readers and creative producers can further connect. Currently, we archive research in our Celebrity Chat video series that was started by Jackie Raphael and David P. Marshall.  CMCS Director: Samita Nandy

Select Readings


Alberoni, F. (1972). The Powerless ‘Elite’: Theory and Sociological Research on the Phenomenon of the Stars. In D. McQuail (Ed., Sociology of mass communications: selected readings. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Andrews, D. L., & Jackson, S. J. (Eds.). (2001). Sports Stars: The Cultural Politics of Sporting Celebrity. London and New York: Routledge.

Akhtar, Zoya, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, and Anurag Kashyap (Directors). (2013). Bombay Talkies [Motion Picture]. India: Viacom18 Motion Pictures

Arcand, Denys (Director). (2000). Stardom (Motion Picture). Alliance Atlantis Communications: Canada


Beltran, M. C. (2002). Bronze Seduction: The Shaping of Latina Stardom in Hollywood Film and Star Publicity. The University of Texas, Austin.

Beltran, M. (2002). The Hollywood Latina Body as Site of Social Struggle: Media Constructions of Stardom and Jennifer Lopez’s “Cross-over Butt” Quaterly Review of Film and Video, 17(1).

Bhandarkar, Madhur (Director). (2012). Heroine [Motion Picture]. Bhandarkar Entertainment and UTV Motion Pictures: Worldwide

Braudy, L. (1986). The Frenzy of Renown:  Fame and its History. New York: Oxford University Press.

Brockington, D. (2009). Celebrity and the Environment. Fame, Wealth and Power in Conservation. London: ZedBook

Brockington, D. (2008). ‘Powerful Environmentalisms. Conservation, Celebrity and Capitalism.’ Media, Culture and Society 30 (4): 551-568.

Brockington, D. (2008). Celebrity Conservation. Interpreting the Irwins. Media International Australia. 127: 96-108.


Cameron, David (Director). (2014). Maps to the Stars [Motion Picture]. Focus World: USA

Celebrity Colonialism and the Body (The Stockton Postcolonial Studies Project)

Clarke, R. (Ed.). (2009). Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Power and Representation in Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne.

Costello, V. J. (1999). Interactivity and the ‘Cyber-fan’: An Exploration of Audience Involvement within the Electronic Fan Culture of the Internet. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Couldry, N., & Markham, T. (2007). Celebrity culture and public connection: Bridge or chasm? International Journal of Cultural Studies, 10(4).

Curtis, Simon (Director). (2011). My Week with Marilyn [Motion Pictures]. Weinstein Company, The: USA

Czach, L. (2010). Cinephilia, Stars, and Film Festivals. Cinema Journal, 49(2).


DeCordova, R. (2001). Picture personalities: the emergence of the star system in America. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Derkits, R. (2004 ). Public Sex, Celebrity and the Internet. Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Stanford University Stanford

Dubied, A., Dubbey, M., & Gorin, V. (2009). Rumors and Subjectivity: Introducing Celebrity News. Paper presented at the Trust, Truth and Performance: Diverse Journalisms in the 21st Century.

Dyer, R. (1991). A Star is Born and the Construction of Authenticity.  In C. Gledhill (Ed.), Stardom: Industry of Desire. London: Routledge.

Dyer, R. (1998). Stars. Bury St. Edmunds: St. Edmundsbury Press.

Dyer, R. (2004). Heavenly bodies: film stars and society. London: Routledge.


Edwards, Louise, Elaine Jeffreys (eds.) (2010). Celebrity in China. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press

Ellis, J. (2007). Stars as a Cinematic Phenomenon. In S. Redmond & S. Holmes (Eds.), Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader. London: Sage Publications.


Feasey, R. (2006). Get a Famous Body: Star Styles and Celebrity gossip in heat magazine. In S. H. S. Redmond (Ed.), Framing Celebrity:  New Directions in Celebrity Culture  Oxon: Routledge.

Flanagan, M. (2007). Mobile Identities, Digital Stars, and Post-Cinematic Selves. In S. Redmond & S. Holmes (Eds.), Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader. London: Sage.

Fowler, C. (2006). Spending time with (a) celebrity:  Sam Taylor – Wood’s video portrait of David Bekham. In S. Holmes & S. Redmond (Eds.), Framing Celebrity:New Directions in Celebrity Culture. Oxon: Routledge.

Frick, J. (2004). Monday the Herald; Tuesday the Victoria: (Re)packaging and (Re)presenting the Celebrated and the Notorious on the Variety Stage Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, 30(Winter).


Galerman, E. (2009). Celebrity Hot Spots: Engaging Fans Through Blogs. In K. S. Burns (Ed.), Celeb 2.0: how social media foster our fascination with popular culture. Santa Barbara: ABCCLIO.

Gamson, J. (1994). Claims to fame: celebrity in contemporary America. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Gamson, J. (2007). The Assembly Line of Greatness:  Celebrity in Twentieth-Century America. In S. Redomond & S. Holmes (Eds.), Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader. London: Sage Publications.

Geraghty, C. (2007). Re-examining Stardom: Questions of Texts, Bodies and Performance. In S. Redmond & S. Holmes (Eds.), Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader. London: Sage Publications.

Giles, D. (2000). Illusions of immortality: a psychology of fame and celebrity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Goggin, G., & Newell, C. (2004). Christopher Reeve, Super Crips, and Infamous Celebrity. M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 7(5).

Goodman, M., & Barnes, C. (2010). Star/Poverty Space: The Making of the Development Celebrity.

Guilbert, G.-C. (2002). Madonna as postmodern myth: how one star’s self-construction rewrites sex, gender, Hollywood, and the American dream. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc.


Hansen, Signe. (2008). “Society of the Appetite: Celebrity Chefs Deliver Consumers”, Food, Culture and Society 11:1, 49-67.

Hansen, Signe. (2008). “Television”; “Celebrity Chefs”, The Business of Food: Encyclopedia of the Food and Drink Industries (eds. Gary Allen & Ken Albala) Greenwood Publishers, 75-77; 366-370.

Hansen, Signe. (2012). Food Media: Celebrity Chefs and the Politics of Everyday Interference, Oxford: Berg, 2012. Food and Social Media: You Are What You Tweet, Lanham: Altamira Press

Hart, P., & Tindall, K. (2009). Leadership by the Famous:  Celebrity as a Political Capital. In J. Kane, P. t. Hart & H. Patapan (Eds.), Dispersed democratic leadership: origins, dynamics, and implications. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hayward, S. (2007). Stardom: Beyond Desire? . In K. Kallioniemi, K. Kärki, J. Mäkelä & H. Salmi (Eds.), History of Stardom Reconsidered. Turku: International Institute for Popular Culture.

Henderson, A. (1992). Media and the Rise  of Celebrity Culture. OAH Magazine of History Spring. Retrieved Friday, 21 March 2008 from

Hills, M. (2002). Fan Culture. London: Routledge

Hills, M. (2006). Not Just Another Powerless Elite? When Media Fans Become Subcultural Celebrities  In S. Holmes & S. Redmond (Eds.), Framing Celebrity:  New Directions in Celebrity Culture London Routledge

Holmes, S. (2005). ‘Off-guard, Unkempt, Unready’?: Deconstructing Contemporary Celebrity in heat Magazine. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 19 (1).

Holmes, S. (2005b). ‘Starring… Dyer?’: Re-visiting Star Studies and Contemporary Celebrity Culture. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 2(2).

Holmes, S., & Redmond, S. (Eds.). (2006). Framing Celebrity:  New Directions in Celebrity Culture. Oxon: Routledge

Hood, Joanna. Celebrity Philanthropy: The Cultivation of China’s HIV/AIDS Heroes (Book chapter in Celebrity in China)

Huliaras, Asteris and Nikolaos Tzifakis (2010). Celebrity Activism in International Relations: In search of a framework for analysis. Global Society, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 255-274.


Jenkins, H. (1992). Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture New York Routledge

Jenkins, H. (2006 ). Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture. New York: New York University Press.

Jensen, J. (1992). Fandom as Pathology: The Consequences of Characterization. In L. A. Lewis (Ed.),The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture and Popular Media London Routledge.


Kamboureli, Smaro. “The Culture of Celebrity and National Pedagogy.” Home-Work: Postcolonialism, Pedagogy, and Canadian Literature. Ed. Cynthia Sugars. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2004. 35-56.

King, B. (1991). Articulating Stardom In C. Gledhill (Ed.), Stardom: industry of desire. London: Routledge.


Lambiase, J. (Spring 2003). Codes of Online Sexuality: Celebrity, Gender and Marketing on the Web. Sexuality and Culture

Lai, A. (2006). Aura and authenticity in the celebrity photographs of Jurgen Teller. In S. Holmes & S. Redmond (Eds.), Framing Celebrity:  New Directions in Celebrity Culture. Oxon: Routledge.

Lin, F. (2002). Dream Factory Redux:  Mass Culture, Symbolic Sites, and Redevelopment in Hollywood. In J. Eade & C. Mele (Eds.), Understanding the City: Contemporary and Future Perspectives. Oxford: Blackwell.

Littler, J. (2011). Introduction: celebrity and the transnational. Celebrity Studies, 2(1)

Littler, Jo (ed) ‘Celebrity and the Transnational’, special issue of Celebrity Studies, 2:1, 2011

Littler, Jo  ‘I feel your pain: Celebrity do-gooding, cosmopolitan caring and the globalised soul’, Social Semiotics, 2008 18:2 pp237-251

Littler, Jo     ‘Celebrity CEOs and the cultural economy of tabloid intimacy’ in Su Holmes and Sean Redmond, A Reader in Stardom and Celebrity, Sage 2007 pp230-243

Littler, Jo    ‘Celebrity and Meritocracy’, Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, Issue 26, Spring 2004, pp118-130

Littler, Jo (ed)  Mediactive Vol 1, Issue 2: Celebrity, 2004. Lawrence & Wishart.

Littler, Jo   ‘Making fame ordinary: intimacy, reflexivity and ‘keeping it real’, Mediactive, Issue 2, 2004, pp8-25.


Marshall, P. D. (2017). Celebrity and Power: Fame in Contemporary Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press


Marshall, P. D. (Ed.). (2007). The Celebrity Culture Reader. New York and London: Routledge.

McCutcheon, L. E., Range, L., & Houran, J. (2002). Conceptualization and Measurement of Celebrity Worship. The British Journal of Psychology 93.

Monaco, J. (1978). Celebrity: the media as image makers. New York: Dell Pub Co.

Moran, J. (2000). Star Authors: Literary Celebrity in America. London / Sterling, VA: Pluto Press.


Ommundsen, W. (2004). Sex, Soap and Sainthood: Beginning to Theorize Literary Celebrity. Jasal, 3.

O’Sullivan, J. (1999, November 8). ‘Affable, Polite and Sincere’: The murderer as celebrity – making murderers celebrities. National Review


Rasmussen, Louise Mubanda. 2011. “Madonna’s Malawi: Celebritization and the NGO economy”. Post-doc project description, Roskilde University.

Ravid, Z. A. (Ed.). (2007). The star as a Creation and the Star as a creator: The Case of  Barbra Streisand Turku: International Institute for Popular Culture.

Redmond, S., & Holmes, S. (Eds.). (2007b). Stardom and Celebrity. London: Sage Publications.

Rojek, C. (2001). Celebrity. London: Reaktion Books.

Roukup, C. (2006). Hitching a Ride on a Star: Celebrity, Fandom, and Identification on the World Wide Web Southern Communication Journal 71(4).


Tancharoen, K (Director). (2009). Fame [Motion Picture]. Acme Films: Lithuania

Turner, G. (2004). Understanding Celebrity. London Sage.

Turner, G. (2010). Approaching celebrity studies. Celebrity Studies, 1(1).

Tyler, I., & Bennett, B. (2010). Celebrity Chav: Fame, Femininity and Social Class.European Journal of Cultural Studies, 13(3).


Wheeler, Mark. ‘Celebrity Diplomacy: UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Messengers of Peace’ in Jo Littler (ed.), Celebrity Studies: Special Edition on Celebrity and the Global, (London: Routledge, 2011).

Wheeler, Mark.  ‘Celebrity Forum: 2010 Television Prime Minister debates’, Celebrity Studies (London: Routledge, 2011).

Wheeler, Mark.  ‘Celebrity Politics and Cultural Citizenship: UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Messenger of Peace’ in Asteris Huliaras, Liza Tsaliki and Christos A. Frangonikolopoulos (ed.s), Transnational Celebrity Activism in Global Politics Changing the World? (Intellect, 2011).

Wheeler, Mark. ‘The Democratic worth of Celebrity Politics in an era of Late Modernity’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations: Celebrity Politics special edition, (John Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

Wong, L. L., & Trumper, R. (2002). Global Celebrity Atheletes and Nationalism: Futbol, Hockey, and the Representation of Nation Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 26(2).


York, L. (2002). Your Star: Pauline Johnson and the Tensions of Celebrity Discourse.Canadian Poetry, 51, 8-17.

York, L. (2007). Large Ceremonies: Literary Celebrity of Carol Shields In M. Dvořak & M. Jones (Eds.), Carol Shields and the extra-ordinary. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press.