The Insanity Plea: Female Celebrities, Reality Media and the Psychopathology of British Pop-Feminism
Bell, Emma (2011) The Insanity Plea: Female Celebrities, Reality Media and the Psychopathology of British Pop-Feminism In: Negra, Diane and Holmes, Su, eds. In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Functions of Female Celebrity. Continuum, London, pp. 190-223. ISBN 0826438555
'In the Limelight and Under the Microscope' is an edited colletion of essays on the politics of female celebrity across a range of contemporary, historical, media and national contexts. This chapter explores the ways in which post-feminist female celebrities' apparent transgressions of acceptable femininity where once represented as “bad girl” excesses but are increasingly reframed as symptoms of “mad-girl” mental distress. It focusses on how this particular discourse in the UK is articulated through the complex textual and market relations between tabloids, scandal media and reality and autobiographical products.
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