Rhinestone Cowboy: Alzheimer's, Celebrity, and the Collusions of Self

Selberg, Scott
December 2017
American Quarterly;Dec2017, Vol. 69 Issue 4, p883
Academic Journal
The article explores the efforts of celebrities to reform the dominant culture of Alzheimer's disease in the U.S. and the debates in media and American studies about the shifting status of selfhood and popular discourse of self in the media. It describes and challenges public investments in the recuperative power of celebrity and media for a compromised selfhood. It highlights the celebration of country and pop musician Glen Campbell's career in the wake of his public diagnosis of Alzheimer's.


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