Casanova: A Case Study of Celebrity in 18th Century Europe

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Resource Type
Text : Journal article
Creator
  • Vinovrški, Nicola
Collective Title
  • Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung. Supplement
    No. 32 (2019)
Publication Date
2019-12
Embargo End Date
2020-06-04
Publication Place
Cologne
Contributor
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (Editor)
Publisher
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Language
English
Free Keywords
Celebrity; Casanova; fame; 18th century; historical celebrity
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  • Abstract

    Historical studies of celebrity, or particular instances of it, focus on figures who had fame which could be tied to a particular achievement or ascribed status; for example, writers, politicians, actors, artists, composers, musicians, and monarchs. These studies suggest that there were certain shifts which occurred during the 18th century which allowed celebrity to develop, that there were many theatrical and literary celebrities during this period and that the phenomenon really gained traction in the Romantic era. These studies put paid to the idea that celebrity is a very recent phenomenon, the product of techno-logical developments (though many still do make the claim). What they have not done adequately is test the edges of the phenomenon of celebrity. Casanova’s well-knownness has been given no critical attention by scholars of either Casanova or of historical celebrity. However, he was a celebrity and in such an archetypically modern way that he calls into question the currently perceived historical limits of celebrity. His case study demonstrates that there is much more to be done in relation to investigating historical celebrity and that plotting its origins in the Romantic era or even the mid-18th century may be to give it short shrift.
  • Series Information

    Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung. Supplement No. 32 (2019): Celebrity’s Histories: Case Studies and Critical Perspectives.

    Starting Point and Frequency: Year: 1988, Issues per volume: 1, Volumes per year: 1

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    ISSN: 0936-6784
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    URL: https://www.gesis.org/en/hsr/current-issues/2019/suppl-32-celebritys-histories
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Update Metadata: 2020-02-18 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2019-12-05