“Author/izing the Celebrity: Publicity Rights, Postmodern Politics, and Unauthorized Genders”
“Author/izing the Celebrity: Publicity Rights, Postmodern Politics, and Unauthorized Genders.” Special issue titled “Intellectual Property and the Construction of Authorship.” Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal 10: 365-395.
- Reprinted in Martha Woodmansee and Peter Jaszi, eds., The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriations in Law and Literature (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994) 101 – 131.
- Reprinted again in Peter Yu, ed., The Marketplace of Ideas: Twenty Years of the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal (Amsterdam: Kluwer International, 2002) 236-266.
- An abbreviated version appeared as “The Celebrity Image and Cultural Identity.” 14 (3) Discourse: Jnl. for Theoretical Studies in Media & Culture 59 – 88.
- Reprinted in Toby Miller, ed., The Contemporary Hollywood Reader Routledge (2009), 453-471.
Abstract: The celebrity image is imbued with multiple meanings, mined for its symbolic resonances and, simultaneously, a floating signifier, invested with libidinal energies, social longings, and political aspirations. The celebrity is authored in a multiplicity of sites of discursive practice, generating unauthorized both for the celebrity and for her diverse authors. The law produces the means by which unauthorized identities are both engendered and endangered and existing personality rights do not justify the extent to which these rights are protected. Various examples are explored, showing how subaltern groups rewrite media imagery in subversive but politically expressive fashions. These practices function in an all-encompassing contemporary democracy that recognizes-as political practice-dialogic cultural activities of articulating the social world and authoring politically salient forms of difference.
Date Published: 1992
Publisher: Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal
Publisher Website: https://cardozo.yu.edu/faculty-intellectual-life/journals/cardozo-arts-entertainment-law-journal