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 e midcult

Masscult e midcult
Author : Dwight McDonald
Publisher :
Total Pages :
Release : 2018
ISBN 10 : 8893710331
ISBN 13 : 9788893710336
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Masscult e midcult Book Description:

Masscult Midcult

Masscult   Midcult
Author : Dwight Macdonald
Publisher :
Total Pages : 78
Release : 1961
ISBN 10 : OCLC:1824636
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Masscult Midcult Book Description:

Masscult and Midcult

Masscult and Midcult
Author : Dwight MacDonald
Publisher :
Total Pages : 80
Release : 2011-10-01
ISBN 10 : 1258106132
ISBN 13 : 9781258106133
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.

Post Sixties Narratives as Cultural Criticism

Post Sixties Narratives as Cultural Criticism
Author : Lin Xiang
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 194
Release : 2020-03-27
ISBN 10 : 9781000040005
ISBN 13 : 1000040003
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Post Sixties Narratives as Cultural Criticism Book Description:

This book examines the cultural criticism led by New York intellectuals from the 1960s onwards, considering the influence of such critique on American collective memory and contemporary public culture. With a focus on essays that appeared in Dissent magazine—one of the most important journals of the New York intellectuals—from the year of its launch in 1954 to its most recent issue, as well as representative books on American culture by Daniel Bell and Russell Jacoby, the author contends that post-Sixties narratives constitute a special paradigm of cultural criticism that seek radical possibilities for societal change in the US, based on a use of the 1960s as an index for understanding American cultural and political life. A study of the ways in which narratives can move beyond story-telling to have interpretative and ideological functions as a form of criticism, this book will appeal to scholars of cultural studies and sociology, as well as those working in the fields of linguistics and literary theory.

The Worlds of American Intellectual History

The Worlds of American Intellectual History
Author : Joel Isaac
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 408
Release : 2016-11-29
ISBN 10 : 9780190459468
ISBN 13 : 0190459468
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Worlds of American Intellectual History Book Description:

The essays in this book demonstrate the breadth and vitality of American intellectual history. Their core theme is the diversity of both American intellectual life and of the frameworks that we must use to make sense of that diversity. The Worlds of American Intellectual History has at its heart studies of American thinkers. Yet it follows these thinkers and their ideas as they have crossed national, institutional, and intellectual boundaries. The volume explores ways in which American ideas have circulated in different cultures. It also examines the multiple sites--from social movements, museums, and courtrooms to popular and scholarly books and periodicals--in which people have articulated and deployed ideas within and beyond the borders of the United States. At these cultural frontiers, the authors demonstrate, multiple interactions have occurred - some friendly and mutually enriching, others laden with tension, misunderstandings, and conflict. The same holds for other kinds of borders, such as those within and between scholarly disciplines, or between American history and the histories of other cultures. The richness of contemporary American intellectual history springs from the variety of worlds with which it must engage. Intellectual historians have always relished being able to move back and forth between close readings of particular texts and efforts to make sense of broader cultural dispositions. That range is on display in this volume, which includes essays by scholars as fully at home in the disciplines of philosophy, literature, economics, sociology, political science, education, science, religion, and law as they are in history. It includes essays by prominent historians of European thought, attuned to the transatlantic conversations in which Europeans and Americans have been engaged since the seventeenth century, and American historians whose work has carried them not only to different regions in North America but across the North Atlantic to Europe, across the South Atlantic to Africa, and across the Pacific to South Asia.

Interviews with Dwight Macdonald

Interviews with Dwight Macdonald
Author : Dwight Macdonald
Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages : 181
Release : 2003
ISBN 10 : 157806533X
ISBN 13 : 9781578065332
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interviews with Dwight Macdonald Book Description:

A representative selection of interviews with one of the most acute observers of American politics, society, and culture in the twentieth century

Left Intellectuals Popular Culture in Twentieth century America

Left Intellectuals   Popular Culture in Twentieth century America
Author : Paul R. Gorman
Publisher : UNC Press Books
Total Pages : 242
Release : 1996
ISBN 10 : 0807845566
ISBN 13 : 9780807845561
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Left Intellectuals Popular Culture in Twentieth century America Book Description:

Since the late nineteenth century, American intellectuals have consistently criticized the mass arts, charging that entertainments ranging from popular theater, motion pictures, and dance halls to hit records, romance novels, and television are harmful to

On Company Time

On Company Time
Author : Donal Harris
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Total Pages : 288
Release : 2016-10-04
ISBN 10 : 9780231541343
ISBN 13 : 0231541341
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On Company Time Book Description:

American novelists and poets who came of age in the early twentieth century were taught to avoid journalism "like wet sox and gin before breakfast." It dulled creativity, rewarded sensationalist content, and stole time from "serious" writing. Yet Willa Cather, W. E. B. Du Bois, Jessie Fauset, James Agee, T. S. Eliot, and Ernest Hemingway all worked in the editorial offices of groundbreaking popular magazines and helped to invent the house styles that defined McClure's, The Crisis, Time, Life, Esquire, and others. On Company Time tells the story of American modernism from inside the offices and on the pages of the most successful and stylish magazines of the twentieth century. Working across the borders of media history, the sociology of literature, print culture, and literary studies, Donal Harris draws out the profound institutional, economic, and aesthetic affiliations between modernism and American magazine culture. Starting in the 1890s, a growing number of writers found steady paychecks and regular publishing opportunities as editors and reporters at big magazines. Often privileging innovative style over late-breaking content, these magazines prized novelists and poets for their innovation and attention to literary craft. In recounting this history, On Company Time challenges the narrative of decline that often accompanies modernism's incorporation into midcentury middlebrow culture. Its integrated account of literary and journalistic form shows American modernism evolving within as opposed to against mass print culture. Harris's work also provides an understanding of modernism that extends beyond narratives centered on little magazines and other "institutions of modernism" that served narrow audiences. And for the writers, the "double life" of working for these magazines shaped modernism's literary form and created new models of authorship.