The Secrets of Successful Posthumous Celebrity Career

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Piazza Building (PZA/016)

Heslington East Campus

University of York

York

YO10 5GE

United Kingdom

View Map

Event description

Description

For many celebrity individuals dying is a successful and lucrative career move and if the transition from life to death is handled carefully they can have a thriving posthumous career. 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 the differing success rates of the posthumous careers of both celebrity men and women for whom death is just the beginning of a new phase of their celebrity career. Drawing on data from the annual Forbes Top Earning Dead Celebrity List case studies of celebrities including Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor will highlight the commercial and symbolic value of the celebrity dead. This data will be used to suggest that gender inequality particularly in economic terms is so deeply entrenched during life that it can extend into death itself.


Speaker biography: Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Sociology Department at the University of York, UK. Her research interests focus on celebrity and popular culture, crime and death. She one of the founders of the Death and Culture Network (DaCNet) based at University of York and is an editor of the new Death and Culture Series with Emerald Publishing.

Date and Time

Location

Piazza Building (PZA/016)

Heslington East Campus

University of York

York

YO10 5GE

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved