Charles Darwin as a Celebrity

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dc.contributor.author Browne, Janet E
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-07T17:43:44Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation Browne, Janet. 2003. Charles Darwin as a Celebrity. Science in Context 16, no. 1: 175-194. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0269-8897 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3345923
dc.description.abstract Several recent works in sociology examine the manufacture of public identities through the notion of celebrity. This paper explores the imagery of Charles Darwin as a nineteenth-century scientific celebrity by comparing the public character deliberately manufactured by Darwin and his friends with images constructed by the public as represented here by caricatures in humorous magazines of the era. It is argued that Darwin’s outward persona drew on a subtle tension between public and private. The boundaries between public and private were blurred by the ritual of Darwin “showing” himself in the flesh, either at home to visitors or, more rarely, on public occasions. The reputation for privacy and illness that he built up added materially to this public face. By contrast, caricatures tended to depict him as an ape. These apish representations played a significant role in associating Darwin, rather than any other thinker, with the notion of evolution, and in creating an alternative public persona over which he had no direct control. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship History of Science en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1017/S0269889703000772 en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.title Charles Darwin as a Celebrity en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal Science in Context en_US
dash.depositing.author Browne, Janet E
dc.date.available 2009-10-07T17:43:44Z

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