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Idolizing Authorship

Literary Celebrity and the Construction of Identity, 1800 to the Present

Gaston Franssen Rick Honings Silke Hoffmann Suze Poll Henk Liet Mary Kemperink Sjef Houppermans Peter Liebregts Sander Bax Ellen Rutten

282 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Though these days, our celebrity culture tends to revolve around movie stars and pop musicians, there have been plenty of celebrity authors over the years and around the world. This volume brings together a number of contributors to look at how and why certain writers have attained celebrity throughout history. How were their images as celebrities constructed by themselves and in complicity with their fans? And how did that process and its effects differ from country to country and era to era?
Author Bio
Dr. Gaston Franssen (1977) is assistant professor of Literary Culture at the University of Amsterdam. Rick Honings is Scaliger Professor Special Collections at Leiden University and a specialist in nineteenth-century Dutch and Dutch Indies literature. In 2018 he published Star Authors in the Age of Romanticism: Literary Celebrity in the Netherlands, the international edition of his monograph De dichter als idool: Literaire roem in de negentiende eeuw (2016). In 2021, he co-edited De postkoloniale spiegel: De Nederlands-Indische letteren herlezen. Currently, he works with a research team on the NWO Vidi project Voicing the Colony: Travelers in the Dutch East Indies, 1800-1900. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Indische Letteren.