High Theory/Low Culture

High Theory/Low Culture

by Mikita Brottman
     
 

Even those of us who pride ourselves on our discriminating taste, cosmopolitanism and sophistication have been seen with our noses in the sort of newspapers that have in their recurring cast Bigfoot, UFOs, and anonymous unclad women on the inside pages. Brottman (language and literature, Maryland Institute College of Art) uses the theories and methods of "high culture… See more details below

Overview

Even those of us who pride ourselves on our discriminating taste, cosmopolitanism and sophistication have been seen with our noses in the sort of newspapers that have in their recurring cast Bigfoot, UFOs, and anonymous unclad women on the inside pages. Brottman (language and literature, Maryland Institute College of Art) uses the theories and methods of "high culture" criticism to examine why we love "low culture" so much, finding the latter serves us at the visceral level, satisfying our needs psychically and emotionally, and providing us with a sort of intellectual baseline we tell ourselves is served by myth or perhaps by the adventure narrative. Besides, even the most blasé must admit we are most human when we are most curious. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403966414
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : popular culture and its critics
1Carnival and chronotope : Bakhtin and style magazines1
2Joyful mayhem : Bakhtin and football fans21
3Rumor, gossip, and scandal : Barthes and tabloid rhetoric35
4"The last stop of desire" : Roland Barthes goes shopping57
5Blueprints and bodies : Lacan and the pornographic imagination81
6Dark homecomings : Lacan and horror fictions107

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