Monday, September 1, 2014

The latest research and writing: Part One - Published

One of the things I am always remiss in doing is providing access to what I have been writing that is beyond this blog. I was noticing that this blog does get a reasonable number of hits over the years. I feel that I should at least provide some direction for those searching for what the infamous P. David Marshall produces for others. I have been chastised recently for having an email signature that was just inordinately long - like a cv. Here is what that email signature looked like and  it provides at least a suggestion of what not to do.  What follows in this post and the next two is a guided tour to my writing. I hope this small gesture will help to reveal my own online persona with a little more sense!

You can always go to my site and hope that I have kept it up to date... Likewise, I have signed on to Research Gate.  Unfortunately, with these locations it may not be possible to load everything. Copyright clearance sometimes gets in the way. Sometimes my lethargy in updating becomes another less-acknowledged but nonetheless real impediment.

Another direction is my university's repository of research. It is called DRO and this is the link to what they have collected and verified as my research. Again it requires me to update. My Deakin profile is another starting point for investigating things as well.

I also try - not perfectly - to update this online version of my CV.

And of course, I flagrantly use Twitter to promote whatever I have finished recently.  Those tweets represent my moments of pride.  My Twitter handle is dmarshallmc and the name hearkens back to the days when we launched the journal M/C in 1998, one of the first online journals exploring media and culture and definitely the first that tried to traverse the worlds of popular culture and academically engaged research. It continues as a location for sophisticated public intellectual discourse of the highest order.

Just a note. I am not a major Facebook player - so that is a place not to look for me. There are lots of reasons for this, but fundamentally my non-use of Facebook began as a technique to separate the personal from the professional realm.  These techniques in and of themselves will serve as a blog post for persona studies and this blog in the very near future....

In classic personal style I have buried my lead - I should be proclaiming what I have published most recently. What follows then is a little guided tour to my recent writing.

Celebrity and Power - the new edition

And I really have had some absolutely sparkling moments.
First is the publication of the new edition of Celebrity and Power: Fame in Contemporary Culture which just came out with University of Minnesota Press this August 2014.  What it contains is a brand new lengthy introduction and a compiled bibliography of research on celebrity over the last fifteen years since the first edition. The focus of the new material is on the new "public intimacy" that has begun to pervade our culture so that our public presentation of ourselves has become pandemic.  It calls for the development of persona studies as a new direction of research that builds from the exploration of how celebrity has charted the presentation of the public self for the last two centuries.  Online culture has been one of the key impetuses for this transformation: the contemporary moment is filled with a new form of etiquette that invokes/demands/invites all of us to work out how we construct a version or multiple versions of ourselves for social media and beyond. The new cover of the book, as you can see, is incredible. And it has some lovely comments on its back that make it even more appealing - like these two:
Marshall’s book offers a scholarly review of critical thinking about celebrity, an original attempt to theorise its function and significance, and a perceptive comment on current trends in contemporary culture. It is a thorough, intelligent and useful contribution to an important subject.

American Studies
Marshall deserves high praise for his skillful handling of the topic from the viewpoints of a wide variety of scholarly disciplines-sociology, political science, psychology, semiotics, linguistics, cinema studies, and cultural studies.


"Persona" Special Issue of M/C

In late June, along with Kim Barbour and Chris Moore, we edited and published a themed issue on persona for M/C- the Journal.  12 incredible articles emerged from our work and an intriguing cover image by Allison Bennett

"Persona to Persona Studies" Article

My own publications in the issue included the co-authored (with my co-editors Kim Barbour and Chris Moore of course) introductory article "Persona to Persona Studies". It provides an interesting passage through the development of persona studies as well as a structured link to the research in the issue and related to persona itself.

"Seriality and Persona" Article

I also wrote what was called the feature article for the persona issue. Entitled "Seriality and Persona", I explore the value of the concept of seriality in understanding the constitution of the mask of identity that defines the idea of persona.  From looking at fictional seriality  - and using Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini in the The Sopranos), Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey from  House of Cards), and Eminem (Marshall Mathers) as key examples - the essay investigates the forms of projection and the structure of repetition that is part of the contemporary moment of constructing the public self.

The first major Persona Studies article

Emerging from a conference keynote I gave in Geneva in late 2010, my article entitled "Persona Studies: mapping the proliferation of the public self" appeared in the major journal Journalism in a  February 2014 special issue devoted to celebrity news. As it links the study of celebrity to this changed cultural landscape where the presentation of the public self is foregrounded, it concludes by announcing a persona studies manifesto where research is needed to investigate the different extensions of the public presentation of the self in professions, in leisure activity and in the constitution of contemporary identity. Here is the full citational details of the article:

Marshall, PD. (2014) “Persona Studies:  mapping the proliferation of the public self” Journalism, February, Vol:15:2 DOI: 10.1177/1464884913488720 Available at, pp. 153-170

My research publications are very clearly thematically related.  I am working very hard at building persona studies as a field of study and, both through my own work and those of my colleagues, it is growing quite rapidly.

More publications will be appearing later in the year and I will work to update and post what is new.
My next post will deal with my more popular articles that I have published recently.  And there will be one further post in this series that will pass on some links to videos, presentations, and radio interviews that I have surfaced through various events and media through the past year. In all, this series will at least provide the material to know what I am up to on the research, writing and presentation fronts. 


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