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Star Performances: Ed Roberts On The Speaking Circuit, 1983-1995, Scot Danforth Oct 2020

Star Performances: Ed Roberts On The Speaking Circuit, 1983-1995, Scot Danforth

Education Faculty Articles and Research

This article uses historical research methods to explore noted disability rights leader Ed Roberts' performances on the speaker circuit between 1983, when he left his position as director of the California Department of Rehabilitation, and his death in 1995. This article examines how he managed his performed identity, his self as presented on stage, in order to be a disability star. Using his own life story as a poignant example, he narrated an autobiography of how a paralyzed man could live a vigorous, successful, indeed a joyful life. His personal stories communicated his lived experiences of battling discrimination and stereotypes. …


'Just A Couple Of Fags': Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, And Celebrity Feud, Guy R. Davidson Jan 2015

'Just A Couple Of Fags': Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, And Celebrity Feud, Guy R. Davidson

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts - Papers (Archive)

This article argues that the long-running feud between the two celebrity authors Truman Capote and Gore Vidal indicates a crucial shift in the nature of literary celebrity from the 1940s to the 1970s. At its commencement, the feud was about competition for literary fame and the respective literary talent of the two authors. It thus indicated the seriousness and the prestige that American culture accorded literature and how American literary celebrity differed from other forms of celebrity in its emphasis on what Loren Glass calls 'individual authorial consciousness'. But as the decades passed, literary achievement was increasingly sidelined by entertaining …


Review Essay, Learning Contracts Through Current Events: Lawrence Cunningham's Contracts In The Real World, Stories Of Popular Contracts And Why They Matter, Miriam A. Cherry Jan 2013

Review Essay, Learning Contracts Through Current Events: Lawrence Cunningham's Contracts In The Real World, Stories Of Popular Contracts And Why They Matter, Miriam A. Cherry

All Faculty Scholarship

This is a review essay of Professor Lawrence Professor Cunningham’s book Contracts in the Real World: Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They Matter (Cambridge 2012). As implied by the title, the book discusses contract law through the lens of well-known cases and celebrities. Along the way, readers will meet intellectuals such as poet Maya Angelou and the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as celebrities known for controversy, like Paris Hilton, Donald Trump, and Charlie Sheen. Professor Cunningham also deftly analyzes some of the notable contract law issues arising from the global financial crisis and the Bernie …


A Right Is Born: Celebrity, Property, And Postmodern Lawmaking, Mark Bartholomew Jan 2011

A Right Is Born: Celebrity, Property, And Postmodern Lawmaking, Mark Bartholomew

Journal Articles

This Article challenges the standard account of the creation of the right of publicity. In the legal literature, the prevailing narrative is of the right of publicity being intimately linked to the commodification of celebrity. Ultimately, however, there is more to the story of the right of publicity than the decision to protect something of economic value. It took decades after it had become clear that celebrities could be valuable commercial spokespersons for lawmakers to agree to make the right inheritable, separate from the dignitary right of privacy, and potentially applicable to any economic, secondary use that invoked the celebrity …


Privacy And Celebrity: An Essay On The Nationalization Of Intimacy, Robert F. Nagel Jan 1999

Privacy And Celebrity: An Essay On The Nationalization Of Intimacy, Robert F. Nagel

Publications

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Celebrity And The Media, Frances Bonner, Rebecca Farley, Philip Marshall, Graeme Turner Jan 1999

Celebrity And The Media, Frances Bonner, Rebecca Farley, Philip Marshall, Graeme Turner

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts - Papers (Archive)

This paper presents the results of a survey of stories dealing with celebrities in a sample of newspapers, magazines, and television programming. Aimed at testing anecdotal accounts of an increase in the volume of such material within the media generally, the survey provides detailed evidence for the view that this now constitutes a significant portion of media output. The paper discusses these findings in the context of attempting to better understand the cultural function of such stories for their audience.


The Right Of Publicity: A "Haystack In A Hurricane", Richard C. Ausness Jan 1982

The Right Of Publicity: A "Haystack In A Hurricane", Richard C. Ausness

Law Faculty Scholarly Articles

Over the years, entertainers, athletes and other celebrities have sought legal protection for a variety of occupationally related injuries. By virtue of being in the public eye, celebrities often complain that their private lives have somehow been invaded. This concept of invasion of privacy involves damages for mental anguish suffered by virtue of the unwarranted disturbance. However, performers may also suffer injury of an economic, rather than personal, nature. For example, an individual's performance may be used without his or her consent. People will normally pay to watch that entertainer, but where the performance is misappropriated, he is unable to …