Artists in the Audience: Cults, Camp, and American Film Criticism

Artists in the Audience: Cults, Camp, and American Film Criticism

by Greg Taylor
ISBN-10:
0691089558
ISBN-13:
9780691089553
Pub. Date:
08/06/2001
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
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Artists in the Audience: Cults, Camp, and American Film Criticism

Gone with the Wind an inspiration for the American avant-garde? Mickey Mouse a crucial source for the development of cutting-edge intellectual and aesthetic ideas? As Greg Taylor shows in this witty and provocative book, the idea is not so far-fetched. One of the first-ever studies of American film criticism, Artists in the Audience shows that film critics, beginning in the 1940s, turned to the movies as raw material to be molded into a more radical modernism than that offered by any other contemporary artists or thinkers. In doing so, they offered readers a vanguard alternative that reshaped postwar American culture: nonaesthetic mass culture reconceived and refashioned into rich, personally relevant art by the attuned, creative spectator.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691089553
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 08/06/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE

CHAPTER ONE The Spectator as Critic as Artist 3

CHAPTER TWO Movies to the Rescue: American Modernism and the Middlebrow Challenge 19

CHAPTER THREE Life on the Edge: Manny Farber and Cult Criticism 30

CHAPTER FOUR Hallucinating Hollywood: Parker Tyler and Camp Spectatorship 49

CHAPTER FIVE From Termites to Auteurs: Cultism Goes Mainstream 73

CHAPTER SIX Heavy Culture and Underground Camp 98

CHAPTER SEVEN Retreat into Theory 122

CONCLUSION Love, Death, and the Limits of Artistic Criticism 150

NOTES 159

REFERENCES 179

INDEX 193

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