Cult Pop Culture [3 volumes]: How the Fringe Became Mainstream

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Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream is the first collection dedicated to the quirky, offbeat aspects of American popular culture that people have loved, enjoyed, (and in some cases) worshiped over the last 50 years. By examining the people and subjects we hold most dear, this three-volume set offers deep insights into what Americans think, feel, and cherish.

Organized by subject, the collection enables readers to focus on a given topic or compare different ...

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Overview

Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream is the first collection dedicated to the quirky, offbeat aspects of American popular culture that people have loved, enjoyed, (and in some cases) worshiped over the last 50 years. By examining the people and subjects we hold most dear, this three-volume set offers deep insights into what Americans think, feel, and cherish.

Organized by subject, the collection enables readers to focus on a given topic or compare different subjects across cult phenomenon. Volume One of the set covers film and television topics, Volume Two examines music and literature, and Volume Three explores sports, clubs, and the cult industry. Through this investigation of sublime, transcendent, and idiosyncratic trends, readers will learn more about iconic individuals, topics, and subjects that form the vast underbelly of American culture. By revealing how tightly interwoven cult topics are with the public's broader notion of popular culture, the collection underscores the blurry line between normal and abnormal, grandiose and degradation.

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"Although many pop-culture sets exist, this one stands out for its focus on cult status and placing pop culture within the greater American experience. Appropriate for and likely appealing to patrons of public, school, and academic libraries."

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Library Journal

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Batchelor (journalism & mass communications, Kent State Univ.; The 2000s) offers 60 essays on people and subjects of pop-culture fascination. This is a study not only of individual pop phenomena and obsession, but also of American culture. A pop-culture time line covering 1900 to 2011 precedes the articles in Volume 1, which cover film and TV, while the other volumes address music and literature, industries, events, and sports. The expected is here (Elvis, Star Wars, comic books) as well as perhaps the unexpected (hair bands, book clubs, antiques). Other articles include "Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient: Oprah Winfrey's Cult Status," "Tell Me Everything: The Cult of Memoir," and "Pageantry: Dogs, Kids, Beauty Queens, and Spelling Bees." Articles are signed and include bibliographies and further readings, and each volume contains its own index, though there is no comprehensive index. It is a little odd that although an enthusiastic Harry Potter fan is shown on the cover of the "Literature and Music" volume, there is no essay focused on that character, but this is a small quibble with an intriguing set. VERDICT Although many pop-culture sets exist, this one stands out for its focus on cult status and placing pop culture within the greater American experience. Appropriate for and likely appealing to patrons of public, school, and academic libraries.—Lura Sanborn, St. Paul's Sch. Lib., Concord, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313357800
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/31/2011
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 1,417,304
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 3.10 (d)

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