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In: Disassembling the Celebrity Figure

Fandom and celebrity consume a lot of attention in U.S. culture. In this chapter, I undertake a Foucaultian historical analysis of Heidegger’s understanding of art as world-creating phenomena. The hero is a cultural fabrication engaged by fans, a reflection of values and aspirations. Myth is a means of setting out the terms according to which discourse can proceed. In my analysis, Darth Vader as a cuddly crib toy is a means of deploying power, of establishing an engagement with possibilities for Being that resonate with the character of the Zeitgeist, which seems to be more aligned with empire than democracy.

In: Living in the Limelight: Dynamics of the Celebrity Experience