Masscult and Midcult

Masscult and Midcult
Author : Dwight Macdonald
Publisher : New York Review of Books
Total Pages : 320
Release : 2011-10-11
ISBN 10 : 9781590174685
ISBN 13 : 1590174682
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Masscult and Midcult Book Description:

A New York Review Books Original An uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, a man of quick wit and wide learning, an anarchist, a pacifist, and a virtuoso of the slashing phrase, Dwight Macdonald was an indefatigable and indomitable critic of America’s susceptibility to well-meaning cultural fakery: all those estimable, eminent, prizewinning works of art that are said to be good and good for you and are not. He dubbed this phenomenon “Midcult” and he attacked it not only on aesthetic but on political grounds. Midcult rendered people complacent and compliant, secure in their common stupidity but neither happy nor free. This new selection of Macdonald’s finest essays, assembled by John Summers, the editor of The Baffler, reintroduces a remarkable American critic and writer. In the era of smart, sexy, and everything indie, Macdonald remains as pertinent and challenging as ever.

Masscult and Midcult

Masscult and Midcult
Author : Dwight MacDonald
Publisher :
Total Pages : 80
Release : 2011-10-01
ISBN 10 : 125821153X
ISBN 13 : 9781258211530
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Masscult and Midcult Book Description:

An Inquiry Into American Popular Culture And The Role Of The Middlebrows In The Distortion Of Cultural Values.

Popular Culture Theory and Methodology

Popular Culture Theory and Methodology
Author : Harold E. Hinds
Publisher : Popular Press
Total Pages : 412
Release : 2006
ISBN 10 : 087972871X
ISBN 13 : 9780879728717
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Popular Culture Theory and Methodology Book Description:

Since its birth in the 1960s, the study of popular culture has come a long way in defining its object, its purpose, and its place in academe. Emerging along the margins of a scholarly establishment that initially dismissed anything popular as unworthy of serious study-trivial, formulaic, easily digestible, escapist-early practitioners of the discipline stubbornly set about creating the theoretical and methodological framework upon which a deeper understanding could be founded. Through seminal essays that document the maturation of the field as it gradually made headway toward legitimacy, Popular Culture Theory and Methodology provides students of popular culture with both the historical context and the critical apparatus required for further growth. For all its progress, the study of popular culture remains a site of healthy questioning. What exactly is popular culture? How should it be studied? What forces come together in producing, disseminating, and consuming it? Is it always conformist, or has it the power to subvert, refashion, resist, and destabilize the status quo? How does it differ from folk culture, mass culture, commercial culture? Is the line between "high" and "low" merely arbitrary? Do the popular arts have a distinctive aesthetics? This collection offers a wide range of responses to these and similar questions. Edited by Harold E. Hinds, Jr., Marilyn F. Motz, and Angela M. S. Nelson, Popular Culture Theory and Methodology charts some of the key turning points in the "culture wars" and leads us through the central debates in this fast developing discipline. Authors of the more than two dozen studies, several of which are newly published here include John Cawelti, Russel B. Nye, Ray B. Browne, Fred E. H. Schroeder, John Fiske, Lawrence Mintz, David Feldman, Roger Rollin, Harold Schechter, S. Elizabeth Bird, and Harold E. Hinds, Jr. A valuable bibliography completes the volume.

Against The American Grain

Against The American Grain
Author : Dwight Macdonald
Publisher : Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Total Pages : 427
Release : 1983
ISBN 10 : IND:30000048966042
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Against The American Grain Book Description:

The Vanishing American

The Vanishing American
Author : Peter Schrag
Publisher : Orion
Total Pages : 255
Release : 1972
ISBN 10 : UVA:X001240871
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Vanishing American Book Description:

John Hersey and James Agee

John Hersey and James Agee
Author : Nancy Lyman Huse
Publisher : Hall Reference Books
Total Pages : 122
Release : 1978
ISBN 10 : UOM:39015012954437
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

John Hersey and James Agee Book Description:

Redeeming Modernity

Redeeming Modernity
Author : Joli Jensen
Publisher : SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Total Pages : 224
Release : 1990-06-01
ISBN 10 : 0803934777
ISBN 13 : 9780803934771
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Redeeming Modernity Book Description:

This book examines the explicit and implicit logic operating in claims of media influence. Beginning with a close analysis of arguments by four critical voices - Dwight Macdonald, Daniel Boorstin, Stuart Ewen and Neil Postman - on the nature of media influence, the author demonstrates how they mobilize three dominant metaphors - media as information, media as art, and media as education. She then examines the historical and intellectual roots of these concepts in American social and cultural thought and explores media as a new technology as a means for more positive expectations of media influence. The book closes with a section considering how debates on postmodernism redirect but do not resolve the basic contradictions in social and cultu

Mass Culture Criticism and Dissent an American Socialist Magazine

Mass Culture Criticism and Dissent  an American Socialist Magazine
Author : Lou Anne Bulik
Publisher : Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
Total Pages : 316
Release : 1993
ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105008853959
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mass Culture Criticism and Dissent an American Socialist Magazine Book Description:

Mass Culture Criticism and 'Dissent' by Lou Anne Bulik offers a provocative new look at the debate over mass culture in American magazines during the post World War II years. Bulik traces the influence of the Frankfurt School's analysis of mass culture on American intellectuals; explores the course of the mass culture discussion in Politics, Partisan Review, Daedalus, Diogenes, and Dissent; and suggests that Dissent's approach to the issue differed substantially from that of other magazines. Because Dissent focused on the impact of mass culture on the mind, Bulik suggests that the debate in Dissent was actually an attempt to articulate the presentiment that mass culture, particularly through the paradigm of television, would change patterns of thought and understanding. The study concludes with a look at recent criticism which lends newfound weight to Dissent's discussion of mass culture in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Star Authors

Star Authors
Author : Joe Moran
Publisher : Pluto Press (UK)
Total Pages : 187
Release : 2000-02-20
ISBN 10 : UOM:39015048829546
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Star Authors Book Description:

Shows how publishers, media and authors themselves create and disseminate literary celebrity. Authors discussed include Toni Morrison, J.D. Salinger, Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo.

Revolt of the Masscult

Revolt of the Masscult
Author : Chris Lehmann
Publisher : Prickly Paradigm
Total Pages : 79
Release : 2003
ISBN 10 : 0971757577
ISBN 13 : 9780971757578
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Revolt of the Masscult Book Description:

We live in an age of "popular culture"—another term, to some, for an organic mess of marketing strategies aimed at giving us the illusion of choice. From Oprah Winfrey's Book Club to presidential politics, however, distinctions of taste are more accurately understood to be "blunt instruments of antidemocratic elitism." So argues Chris Lehmann, in a discussion that ranges over the work of Edward Shils, Clement Greenberg, and Jonathan Franzen with equal ease. The resulting pamphlet is an impassioned plea for the rebirth of culture with content. "Think that the age of the pamphlet ended with Thomas Paine? Think again. Chicago-based Prickly Paradigm Press has launched a series of broadsides aimed at knocking holes in conventional thinking wherever it's found. . . . In Revolt of the Masscult, Chris Lehmann—deputy editor of Book World—assails the blurring of 'mass' into 'popular' culture and the 'comforting impression that all mass entertainments are as freely chosen as, say, our political leaders or our forms of worship.' . . . Lehmann enlists everything from Dwight Macdonald's Masscult, Midcult, and High Culture to the Jonathan Franzen Oprah's Book Club dustup of 2001 to plead for a return to culture that means something—that, in other words, has actual rather than market value."—Jennifer Howard, Washington Post