Idolizing Authorship
Idolizing Authorship
Literary Celebrity and the Construction of Identity, 1800 to the Present
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Idolizing Authorship: An Introduction Gaston Franssen and Rick Honings Part 1: The Rise of Literary Celebrity 1. The Olympian Writer: Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832) Silke Hoffmann 2. The Dutch Byron: Nicolaas Beets (1814-1903) Rick Honings 3. Enemy of Society, Hero of the Nation: Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) Suze van der Poll Part 2: The Golden Age of Literary Celebrity 4. From Bard to Brand: Holger Drachmann (1846-1908) Henk van der Liet 5. In the Future, When I Will Be More of a Celebrity: Louis Couperus (1863-1923) Mary Kemperink 6. À la Recherche de la Gloire: Marcel Proust (1871-1922) Sjef Houppermans 7. The National Skeleton: Ezra Pound (1885-1972) Peter Liebregts Part 3: The Popularization of Literary Celebrity 8. Playing God: Harry Mulisch (1927-2010) Sander Bax 9. Literary Stardom and Heavenly Gifts: Haruki Murakami (1949) Gaston Franssen 10. Sincere e-Self-Fashioning: Dmitrii Vodennikov (1968) Ellen Rutten 11. The Fame and Blame of an Intellectual Goth: Sofi Oksanen (1977) Sanna Lehtonen

Gaston Franssen, Rick Honings (eds)

Idolizing Authorship

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

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?

Gaston Franssen

Dr. Gaston Franssen (1977) is assistant professor of Literary Culture at the University of Amsterdam.

Rick Honings

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.