High-Pop: Making Culture into Popular Entertainment / Edition 1

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Overview

An exploration by nine key thinkers of the popularization of elite tastes for mass audiences, High-Pop challenges the project of cultural studies to focus on all-but-ignored forms of mainstream culture.

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"High-Pop is an important book, and a challenging one. Its wide-ranging examination of the integration of high culture into popular entertainment offers rich and provocative insights into the changing dynamics of taste, value, culture, and consumption. Just the kind of critical rethinking of earlier perspectives that cultural studies now badly needs." Tony Bennett, the Open University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631222118
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/25/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Collins

Jim Collins is Associate Professor of Film, Television, and English at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Uncommon Cultures: Popular Culture and Postmodernism (1989) and Architectures of Excess (1995), and co-editor of Film Theory Goes to the Movies (1993).

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Collins says he finds the writing process a difficult one. "I can average no more than a page a day of high quality output – and those are long days!" he said in our interview. "If I produce a 30 page chapter, it will take me 30 days of work. I like what Michener said: 'I am not a master writer. I am a master rewriter."'

Collins has been married to wife Joanne for 22 years; the pair got engaged four days after their first date. When I finished Good to Great, Joanne said, “It’s nice to have you back” -- even though I’d been sitting just 20 feet away in the Morris chair for all those months of writing. That’s just the nature of writing a book; it requires a degree of obsession and productive neurosis.

A passionate rock climber, Collins likes to work early in the morning and then take a break to go climbing on the cliffs of Boulder or Eldorado Canyon. "No matter how wrapped up I am in a piece of work," he says, "it all melts away when I’m focused on the next ten feet of rock. I like to return in the afternoon for a good nap of 30 minutes to two hours, followed by a late afternoon creative work session before spending the evening with Joanne."

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    1. Hometown:
      Boulder, Colorado
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 25, 1958
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aurora, Colorado
    1. Education:
      B.S. in mathematical sciences, Stanford University, 1980; M.B.A., Stanford University, 1983
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

List of Contributors.

Acknowledgments.

High-Pop: An Introduction: Jim Collins (University of Notre Dame).

1. "Expecting Rain": Opera as Popular Culture? John Storey (Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland).

2. Signature and Brand: John Frow (University of Edinburgh).

3. From Brahmin Julia to Working-Class Emeril: The Evolution of Television Cooking: Toby Miller (Tisch School of Fine Arts, NYU).

4. "Tan"talizing Others: Multicultural Anxiety and the New Orientalism: Kim Middleton Meyer (University of Notre Dame, Doctoral Candidate).

5. Class Rites in the Age of the Blockbuster: Alan Wallach (College of William and Mary).

6. Museums and Department Stores: Close Encounters: Carol Duncan (Ramapo College).

7. Which Shakespeare to Love? Film, Fidelity, and the Performance of Literature: Tim Corrigan (Temple University).

8. No (Popular) Place Like Home? Jim Collins (University of Notre Dame).

9. Style and the Perfection of Things: Celia Lury (Goldsmiths College, University of London).

Index.

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