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

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Abstract

'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.

Item Type:Chapter in book
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
Faculties:Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
ID Code:9002
Deposited By:Emma Bell
Deposited On:03 Nov 2011 14:49
Last Modified:03 Nov 2011 14:49

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