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The People's University: A History of Celebrity

Saturday, August 4, 2012 | Other Dates  
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Does fame have a history? What makes someone a celebrity? Laura Engel, Associate Professor in the English Department at Duquesne University, will trace the emergence of celebrity culture back to the celebrated and notorious actresses of the eighteenth-century, when practices of self-promotion mirror contemporary ideas about marketing, framing and selling the elusive self. Specializing in eighteenth-century British Literature and Drama, Engel is the author of Fashioning Celebrity: Eighteenth-Century British Actresses and Strategies for Image Making and has published on topics such as fashion, actresses, celebrity culture and Jane Austen.

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Event fee: Free
4400 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213