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Ruth Penfold-Mounce 'Celebrity Death and Posthumous Careers'
Thu 23 March 2017, 16:30 – 18:00 GMT
Death is not the end for many celebrities but a transition to a new stage of their career. In fact being dead is a successful and lucrative career move for many celebrity individuals. Dying can rejuvenate, reinvent, and protect the celebrity from their (often) destructive live self. Therefore the death of a celebrity may mean the physical body is gone but their image survives meaning the celebrity dead do not leave us. This presentation will engage with a range of dead celebrity posthumous careers including Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe which will be used to explore the economic and symbolic value of the dead celebrity.
Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of York and works in the arena of cultural criminology and death studies. Ruth’s publications include Consuming Criminal Corpses (2010) and Corpses, Popular Culture and Forensic Science (2015) and her new book Death, the Dead and Popular Culture is due for release in autumn 2017. She is on the editorial board for Mortality and is a founding editor of the new Emerald Book Series in Death and Culture. Ruth is active in public engagement writing for The Conversation and Discover Society as well as appearing on both television and radio.