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

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

by Jim Collins
     
 

One of the most significant developments in the popular culture of the past decade has been the popularization of elite tastes for mass audiences. Blockbuster museum shows, high-concept literary adaptations, widespread interest in interior design, and superstar opera singers all suggest that the relationship between "high art" and popular culture is undergoing a

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One of the most significant developments in the popular culture of the past decade has been the popularization of elite tastes for mass audiences. Blockbuster museum shows, high-concept literary adaptations, widespread interest in interior design, and superstar opera singers all suggest that the relationship between "high art" and popular culture is undergoing a profound transformation. But what does this marriage of "good taste" and popular culture really mean?

High-Pop is a collection of newly commissioned essays that explores this cultural formation across disciplines and media – from film, television, and interior design/material culture to publishing, music, and museum exhibition. Drawing on contemporary instances of a global phenomenon, nine leading thinkers explore a number of important issues central to cultural criticism: the increasingly unsettled relationship between the public and private spheres; the blurring distinction between consumer culture and aesthetic value; the impact of high-pop on our cultural identity; and the nature and the future of popular culture itself.

An edited collection with a genuinely polemical agenda, High-Pop does nothing less than issue a challenge to the project of cultural studies to focus on all but ignored forms of mainstream culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631222118
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/25/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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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