Trash Culture: Popular Culture and the Great Tradition / Edition 1

Trash Culture: Popular Culture and the Great Tradition / Edition 1

by Richard Keller Simon
     
 


"[Simon] invites respect for popular works as artistic expressions in themselves at the same time as he uses these expressions as hooks to better understand–and appreciate–the 'great' works of the past."—Robert J. Thompson, author of Television's Second Golden Age

"Trash Culture is original, provocative, strongly argued and an

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"[Simon] invites respect for popular works as artistic expressions in themselves at the same time as he uses these expressions as hooks to better understand–and appreciate–the 'great' works of the past."—Robert J. Thompson, author of Television's Second Golden Age

"Trash Culture is original, provocative, strongly argued and an enjoyable as well as informative read. . . We not only see trash culture anew by reading it from a classical critical perspective, but, more startlingly, we see classical critical perspectives anew in relation to how exactly they apply to trash culture."—Tony Hilfer, author of The Crime Novel: A Deviant Genre

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520222236
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/23/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
199
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Trash and Literature1
2The Critical Context14
Pt. 1Case Studies
3Star Wars and The Faerie Queene29
4The Trash Talk Show38
5Friends, Seinfeld, and Days of Our Lives44
6Tragedy, the Enquirer, and the Critics58
Pt. 2Values
7Advertising and Utopia77
8The Shopping Mall and the Formal Garden91
9Playboy and The Book of the Courtier101
10Cosmopolitan and the Woman's Coming-of-Age Novel117
Pt. 3History
11Star Trek, Gulliver's Travels, and the Problem of History139
12The Great Books in Vietnam153
13Matthew Arnold Meets Godzilla175
Works Cited179
Index185

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