Fame and Disgrace: Chris Smit reads from The Exile of Britney Spears
Saturday, April 23 | 7:00 PM
1854 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Over the course of her decade-long career in the music industry, Britney Spears has both fascinated and repelled the American public, first as an international pop icon, then as a media spectacle gleefully criticized for her rocky marriage and bizarre actions, including shaving her head. The Exile of Britney Spears: A Tale of 21st Century Consumption charts the pop star’s rise and fall (and rise again?), illustrating American popular culture’s thirst for—and complicity in—celebrity disgrace. While there have been many takes on Britney, Chris Smit uncovers the psychological and social aspects of the uniquely American spectacle of fame and disgrace.
Chris Smit is associate professor of media studies at Calvin College. The author of several books, he is also a musician who currently fronts the band The New Midwest.