Mapping the Stars: Celebrity and the Politics of Metonymy

DateMarch 4, 2015
Time4:00 - 5:00 pm
LocationCastellaw 101
DescriptionAbstract: Celebrities mean a great deal not just because they matter to their fans but also because they invite interpretation and communicate cultural norms. They play a particularly important role in helping to shape beliefs about categories of identity, including race and gender. Claire Sisco King will discuss the specifically rhetorical ways that stars communicate, and sometimes challenge, such cultural expectations, focusing her talk on one celebrity whose public persona illustrates a number of key tensions in U.S. culture: Will Smith.

About the speaker: Claire Sisco King is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Vanderbilt University. She has published a number of essays on film and rhetoric in leading national journals. Her recent book, Washed in Blood: Male Sacrifice, Trauma, and the Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2011), won the prestigious Book of the Year award from the Critical/Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association. She was awarded the New Investigator Award in Rhetoric and Communication Theory for the National Communication Association and has been honored for her exemplary teaching at Vanderbilt University.
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PublisherFilm & Digital Media
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