Call for Papers
Proposals are invited for a special edition of the journal
Celebrity Studies on the theme of female celebrity and ageing.
It is a long held adage that women ‘of a certain age’ struggle to
fi nd work or interesting roles in youth-obsessed Hollywood and
that the lifespan of female celebrity is fi nite in a way that male
celebrity is not.
Has this state of affairs shifted in the changing celebrity culture
of recent years? Have older women become less visible than
ever as reality TV formats and teen fi lm genres dominate the
popular media landscape? Or have an ageing population and
new generation of accomplished female actors moving into their
‘prime’ prompted more opportunities for and representations of
ageing female celebrity?
Papers may consider, but are not limited to, the following topics:
• Representations of ageing as a gendered construct in the
• Historical and/or contemporary analyses of ageing and Hollywood women
• Comparative analysis of how male v female stars age ‘differently’ within star
• Case studies of female stars from different national and/or historical contexts
• The representation of older women celebrities or stars in different media and
• Older female stars and ‘the unruly woman’
• Commodifi cation, ageing women stars and celebrity product endorsement
• Older women stars, sexuality and the rise of the ‘cougar’
• Gender, stardom and plastic/cosmetic surgery
This edition of Celebrity Studies will be edited by Dr Deborah Jermyn.
Abstracts of approx 300 words accompanied by a brief author biog should be
sent to [log in to unmask] by 30th November 2009.
Please feel free to address any enquiries to this address also.
Completed essays will be required by January 5 2011.
For further information please visit www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rcel
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