Afterword: 'I leave my character behind me'

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Modern character and celebrity are both inventions of the eighteenth century. Just as character is a precondition for caricature, so character enabled the development of celebrity, while the rapid rise of celebrity further paved the way for caricatures, which, completing the circle, are frequently of theatrical celebrities. Both character and celebrity are at home on the stage, which so adeptly deploys spectacle to stage – to manifest – interiority. Both character and celebrity promise to make personality and/or moral worth visible. Not surprisingly then, it is in the realm of performance that the interrelations of character, celebrity and caricature are easiest to see.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCharacter to Caricature, 1660-1820
EditorsJennifer Buckley, Montana Davies-Shuck
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • celebrity studies
  • eighteenth-century studies
  • literary history
  • character


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