Beautiful Things in Popular Culture / Edition 1

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This is an innovative book that addresses the question of how consumers make decisions about what is good and what is bad in popular culture.

  • An entertaining and informative guide to the range of aesthetic criteria that goes into judging mass culture's most celebrated texts and objects - from Batman to motor bikes, and pop stars to internet pornography
  • Brings together a series of accessible and engaging essays written by connoisseurs of various areas of popular culture
  • Tackles the core question of how consumers make decisions about what is good popular culture and what is bad popular culture
  • Offers an entertaining and educative read for academic readers as well as purveyors of culture; moving beyond a 'greatest hits' list of popular culture to debate broader issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405131919
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan McKee is Associate Professor of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology. He is the author of Textual Analysis: A Beginner’s Guide (2003) and The Public Sphere: An Introduction (2005).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Notes on Contributors.

Introduction: Alan McKee.

1. The Best Contemporary Mainstream Superhero Comics Writer – Brian Michael Bendis: Henry Jenkins.

2. The Best Batman Story – The Dark Knight Returns: Will Brooker.

3. The Best Serial Killer Novel – Red Dragon: Sue Turnbull.

4. The Best Australian Romance Novelist – Emma Darcy: Glen Thomas.

5. The Best Website For Men Who Have Sex With Men – Mark McLelland.

6. The Best Basketball Player – Michael Jordan: Thomas McLaughlin.

7. The Best Sneakers – The Nike Air Max Classic TW: Claire Gould.

8. The Best Action Console Game – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: John Banks.

9. The Best Motorbike – the Ducati 916 Superbike: Margaret Henderson.

10. The Best Propaganda – Humphrey Jennings, The Silent Village (1943): John Hartley.

11. The Best Villain in Xena: Warrior Princess – Alti: Sara Gwenllian Jones.

12. The Best Pop Princess – Kylie Minogue: Marc Brennan.

13. The Best Disco Record – Sharon Redd: “Never Give You Up”: Simon Frith.

14. Conclusion: Alan McKee.


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