The Exile of Britney Spears (Paperback)

A Tale of 21st Century Consumption

By Christopher R. Smit

Intellect (UK), 9781841504100, 127pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2011

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As sustainability and eco-responsibility become a part of our everyday cultural conversation, we're finally being forced to acknowledge that what we consume matters. What we fail to realize is that we unconsciously, continually, and at times violently consume much more than just food--including celebrities. The Exile of Britney Spears takes the ubiquitous pop star of its title as its primary example, explaining that we have consumed, digested, and eliminated Britney Spears in a process uniquely characteristic of American popular culture. In Christopher Smit's provocative account of the sociological, aesthetic, and political outcomes of this new mediated cannibalism, he offers the idea of exile as a new metaphor for the outcome of popular consumption. By investigating the psychological, personal, and social matrix of Britney's rise and fall, he outlines the process of her inevitable exile from global taste and favor.

About the Author

Christopher Smit is associate professor of media studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His writings focus on the intersections between media, aesthetics, culture, and the disabled body.

Praise For The Exile of Britney Spears: A Tale of 21st Century Consumption

"In his new book, Christopher Smit examines the role we—the consumers of the product Spears is selling—have played in her creation, near destruction, and reinvention. At once scholarly and eminently accessible, Smit’s book chronicles Spears’s creation as a cultural icon and analyzes what her story says about the state of our souls.”—Cathleen Falsani, Huffington Post

-Cathleen Falsani

“This is not your typical what’s-up-with-Britney pop-gossip read. There are no Britney photos. Smit conducted no interviews with relatives or party pals or industry insiders, though there are plenty of eyebrow-lifting examinations of the singer’s turbulent life. . . . More than anything, this is a sobering assessment of pop culture and the way we as a modern society devour, digest, and expel celebrities.”—John Sinkevic, Grand Rapids Press

-John Sinkevic