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The Resource Catherine the Great and the culture of celebrity in the eighteenth century, Ruth Dawson, (electronic resource)

Catherine the Great and the culture of celebrity in the eighteenth century, Ruth Dawson, (electronic resource)

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Catherine the Great and the culture of celebrity in the eighteenth century
Title
Catherine the Great and the culture of celebrity in the eighteenth century
Statement of responsibility
Ruth Dawson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This highly original study provides a detailed analysis of Catherine the Great's celebrity avant la lettre and how gender, power, and scandal made it commercially successful. In 1762, when Catherine II overthrew her husband to seize the throne of the Russian Empire, her instant popular fame in regions of Europe far from her own domains fit the still new discourse of modern celebrity and soon helped shape it. Catherine the Great and Celebrity Culture in Eighteenth-Century Europe shows that over the next 35 years Catherine was part of a standard troika of celebrity-making agents--intriguing central figure, large-scale media, and an engaged public. Ruth Dawson reveals how writers, print makers, newspaper editors, playwrights, and more--the 18th-century's media workers--laboured to produce marketable representations of the empress, and audiences of non-elite readers, viewers, and listeners savoured the resulting commodities. This book presents long neglected material evidence of the tsarina's fantasy-inducing fame, examines the 1762 coup as the indispensable story that first constructed her distant public image, and explains how the themes of enlightenment, luxury consumption, clashing gender roles, and exotic Russia continued to attract non-elite fans and anti-fans during the middle decades of her reign. For the later years, the book considers the scrutiny inspired by the French Revolution and Catherine's skewering in unsparing misogynist cartoons as they applied to visual representations, her achievements as ruler, the long-ago overthrow of her husband, and her gradually revealed list of lovers. Dawson reflects on Catherine II's demise in 1796 and how this instigated a final burst of adoration, loathing, and ambivalence as new accounts of her life, both real and fictional, claimed to unwrap the final secrets of the first modern international female celebrity -- even now the only woman in history widely known as 'the Great'."--
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Dawson, Ruth
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
  • Bloomsbury eBooks.
  • Cultures of Early Modern Europe
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Catherine
  • Statesmen
  • Nobility
  • Russia
Target audience
adult
Label
Catherine the Great and the culture of celebrity in the eighteenth century, Ruth Dawson, (electronic resource)
Link
https://eui.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350244658?locatt=label:secondary_bloomsburyCollections
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of Images -- 1. From Fame to Celebrity in the Eighteenth Century -- Part 1 - Celebrity Ingredients. 2. Celebrity-Making Coup of 1762: The Crucial Role of Story ; 3. More Celebrity Ingredients: Scandal and Engrossing Coup Backstories ; 4. Media Workers and Their Commodities in Words and Images ; 5. Fans and Anti-fans for a Commodity Empress ; 6. The Star as Contributing Subject and Living Object -- Part 2 - Engaging Themes, Sustaining Celebrity. 7. Woman Philosopher on the Throne ; 8. Consuming Catherine II: Gender and Wealth ; 9. Disconcerting Mother of Her Country: Gender and Power Again ; 10. Empress of the Other -- Part 3 - Transgressions Accruing and Secrets Revealed. 11. Final Eight Years: Reassessment and Satirical Critique ; 12. Still Relishing the Failed Marriage, the Coup, and the Deadly Aftermath ; 13. The Lovers: Dabs of Fiction, Grains of Truth, Gobs of Scandal ; 14. Celebrity after Death -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
9781350244658
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (320 pages)
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781350244665
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
10.5040/9781350244658
Reformatting quality
access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1293234410
Label
Catherine the Great and the culture of celebrity in the eighteenth century, Ruth Dawson, (electronic resource)
Link
https://eui.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350244658?locatt=label:secondary_bloomsburyCollections
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of Images -- 1. From Fame to Celebrity in the Eighteenth Century -- Part 1 - Celebrity Ingredients. 2. Celebrity-Making Coup of 1762: The Crucial Role of Story ; 3. More Celebrity Ingredients: Scandal and Engrossing Coup Backstories ; 4. Media Workers and Their Commodities in Words and Images ; 5. Fans and Anti-fans for a Commodity Empress ; 6. The Star as Contributing Subject and Living Object -- Part 2 - Engaging Themes, Sustaining Celebrity. 7. Woman Philosopher on the Throne ; 8. Consuming Catherine II: Gender and Wealth ; 9. Disconcerting Mother of Her Country: Gender and Power Again ; 10. Empress of the Other -- Part 3 - Transgressions Accruing and Secrets Revealed. 11. Final Eight Years: Reassessment and Satirical Critique ; 12. Still Relishing the Failed Marriage, the Coup, and the Deadly Aftermath ; 13. The Lovers: Dabs of Fiction, Grains of Truth, Gobs of Scandal ; 14. Celebrity after Death -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
9781350244658
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (320 pages)
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781350244665
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
10.5040/9781350244658
Reformatting quality
access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1293234410

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