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Acknowledgments vii Introduction Celebrity Culture in the Public Sphere 1 Chapter One P. T. Barnum Commercial Pleasure and the Creation of a Mass Audience 21 Chapter Two Walt Whitman Mediation, Affect, and Authority in Celebrity Culture 51 Chapter Three Ralph Waldo Emerson The Impersonal in the Personal Public Sphere 87 Chapter Four Frederick Douglass Celebrity, Privacy, and the Embodied Self 118 Chapter Five Fanny Fern Celebrity’s Revolutionary Power 154 Notes 193 Bibliography 211 Index 225 Contents �������������� This page intentionally left blank ...


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