Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity from Bronze Age to Silver Screen
Saturday 9 October
Lord Leycester Hospital
Join historian Greg Jenner, who uses pop culture to communicate history. Greg has worked on eight series of CBBC’s award-winning Horrible Histories and the film Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans.
Greg’s new book, Dead Famous, spans the Bronze Age to the coming of Hollywood's Golden Age. In search of celebrity's historical roots, Greg assembles a vibrant cast of over 125 – actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople, freaks, demigods, ruffians, and more …
Why did celebrity burst into life in the early eighteenth century, how does it differ from ancient ideas of fame? How is celebrity acquired and maintained, what effect does it have on public tastes – and what psychological burden does stardom place on those in the glaring limelight? Dead Famous is a surprising, funny, and fascinating exploration of both a bygone age and how we came to inhabit our modern, fame-obsessed society.