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

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

by Bob Batchelor
     
 

This three-volume collection of original essays examines cult pop culture, the often-seedy underbelly of American popular culture.

• 60 essays examine cult topics based on linked subject matter

• Organization by subject enables readers to quickly find what interests them most

• A "Further Reading" section, including websites, films, and

Overview

This three-volume collection of original essays examines cult pop culture, the often-seedy underbelly of American popular culture.

• 60 essays examine cult topics based on linked subject matter

• Organization by subject enables readers to quickly find what interests them most

• A "Further Reading" section, including websites, films, and multimedia sources, helps readers to delve into cult pop culture topics in greater depth

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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." - Library Journal
Library Journal
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

Product Details

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

Meet the Author

Bob Batchelor, PhD, is assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University and academic coordinator of its online master's program in public relations. Batchelor is the author or editor of 21 books, including 3 volumes in Greenwood's "Popular Culture through History" series: The 1900s, The 1980s, and The 2000s. In addition, he edited Greenwood's four-volume American Pop: Popular Culture Decade by Decade and Praeger's three-volume American History through American Sports.

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