Backstage spaces: the Sherlock incident

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This chapter explores the representational incongruence between idealised and fictional representations of celebrity image through a deconstruction of the Sherlock Incident in which actors read fan fiction. Adopting Erving Goffman’s dramaturgical framework of identity management as performance, and in particular the authenticity of the backstage space, the incident serves as a case study of fans’ perception (imagined, idealised or otherwise) of celebrities’ private personas. In particular the significance of public context and face-to-face interaction will be examined in relation to fans’ construction and exploration of celebrities’ authentic backstage space.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisassembling the celebrity figure: credibility and the incredible
EditorsCelia Lam, Jackie Raphael, Millicent Weber
Place of Publication Leiden
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages124
ISBN (Print)9789004365315
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameAt the Interface / Probing the Boundaries


  • Fandom
  • celebrity
  • backstagespace
  • private
  • public
  • fan fiction


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