The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction Book

The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction


  • Author : Tom Perrin
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2015-08-05
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 197
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137523952

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The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction Excerpt :

During the Cold War, many popular American novels were labelled "middlebrow," leading to a general belief that these texts held less intellectual merit. Perrin debunks these unfair assumptions through works by James Michener, Harper Lee, and Leon Uris, arguing that such writers made a major contribution to the tradition of American literature.

The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction Book

The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction


  • Author : Tom Perrin
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2015-08-05
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 197
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137523952

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The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction Excerpt :

During the Cold War, many popular American novels were labelled "middlebrow," leading to a general belief that these texts held less intellectual merit. Perrin debunks these unfair assumptions through works by James Michener, Harper Lee, and Leon Uris, arguing that such writers made a major contribution to the tradition of American literature.

The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction Book

The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction


  • Author : Tom Perrin
  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2014-01-14
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 197
  • ISBN 10 : 1349573833

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The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction Excerpt :

During the Cold War, many popular American novels were labelled "middlebrow," leading to a general belief that these texts held less intellectual merit. Perrin debunks these unfair assumptions through works by James Michener, Harper Lee, and Leon Uris, arguing that such writers made a major contribution to the tradition of American literature.

The Feminine Middlebrow Novel  1920s to 1950s Book

The Feminine Middlebrow Novel 1920s to 1950s


  • Author : Nicola Humble
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 0199269335

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The Feminine Middlebrow Novel 1920s to 1950s Excerpt :

Humble presents a study of the novels by and for middle-class women that dominated the publishing market in the first half of the 20th century. She studies the work of authors such as Agatha Christie alongside cultural products such as cookery books.

American Small Town Fiction  1940 1960 Book

American Small Town Fiction 1940 1960


  • Author : Nathanael T. Booth
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2019-01-07
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 217
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476672748

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American Small Town Fiction 1940 1960 Excerpt :

In literature and popular culture, small town America is often idealized as distilling the national spirit. Does the myth of the small town conceal deep-seated reactionary tendencies or does it contain the basis of a national re-imagining? During the period between 1940 and 1960, America underwent a great shift in self-mythologizing that can be charted through representations of small towns. Authors like Henry Bellamann and Grace Metalious continued the tradition of Sherwood Anderson in showing the small town—by extension, America itself—profoundly warping the souls of its citizens. Meanwhile, Ray Bradbury, Toshio Mori and Ross Lockridge, Jr., sought to identify the small town’s potential for growth, away from the shadows cast by World War II toward a more inclusive, democratic future. Examined together, these works are key to understanding how mid–20th century America refashioned itself in light of a new postwar order, and how the literary small town both obscures and reveals contradictions at the heart of the American experience.

Middlebrow Modernism Book

Middlebrow Modernism


  • Author : Christopher Chowrimootoo
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2018-11-06
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520298651

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Middlebrow Modernism Excerpt :

"At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press's Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. This provocative study is situated at the intersection of the history, historiography, and aesthetics of twentieth-century music. It uses Benjamin Britten's operas to illustrate the ways in which composers, critics, and audiences mediated the 'great divide' between modernism and mass culture. Reviving midcentury discussions of the 'middlebrow,' Christopher Chowrimootoo demonstrates how these works allowed audiences to have their modernist cake and eat it too: to revel in the pleasures of consonance, lyricism, and theatrical spectacle even while enjoying the prestige that came from rejecting them. By focusing on key moments when reigning aesthetic oppositions and hierarchies threatened to collapse, Middlebrow Modernism offers a powerful model for recovering shades of gray in the previously black-and-white historiographies of twentieth-century music"--Provided by publishe

The Art of Appreciation Book

The Art of Appreciation


  • Author : Kate Guthrie
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520975897

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The Art of Appreciation Excerpt :

From the BBC Proms to Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, initiatives to promote classical music have been a pervasive feature of twentieth-century musical life. The goal of these initiatives was rarely just to reach a larger and more diverse audience but to teach a particular way of listening that would help the public "appreciate" music. This book examines for the first time how and why music appreciation has had such a defining and long-lasting impact—well beyond its roots in late-Victorian liberalism. It traces the networks of music educators, philanthropists, policy makers, critics, composers, and musicians who, rather than resisting new mass media, sought to harness their pedagogic potential. The book explores how listening became embroiled in a nexus of modern problems around citizenship, leisure, and education. In so doing, it ultimately reveals how a new cultural milieu—the middlebrow—emerged at the heart of Britain's experience of modernity.

Cursed Questions Book

Cursed Questions


  • Author : Richard Taruskin
  • Publisher : University of California Press
  • Release Date : 2020-04-21
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 462
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520344297

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Cursed Questions Excerpt :

Richard Taruskin’s sweeping collection of essays distills a half century of professional experience, demonstrating an unparalleled insider awareness of relevant debates in all areas of music studies, including historiography and criticism, representation and aesthetics, musical and professional politics, and the sociology of taste. Cursed Questions, invoking a famous catchphrase from Russian intellectual history, grapples with questions that are never finally answered but never go away. The writings gathered here form an intellectual biography that showcases the characteristic wit, provocation, and erudition that readers have come to expect from Taruskin, making it an essential volume for anyone interested in music, politics, and the arts.

Thomas Keneally s Career and the Literary Machine Book

Thomas Keneally s Career and the Literary Machine


  • Author : Paul Sharrad
  • Publisher : Anthem Press
  • Release Date : 2019-08-30
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN 10 : 9781785270987

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Thomas Keneally s Career and the Literary Machine Excerpt :

Booker Prize winner and Living National Treasure, Thomas Keneally still divides critical opinion: he is both a morally challenging stylist and a commercial hack, a wise commentator on society and a garrulous leprechaun. Such judgements are located in the cultural politics of Australia but also linked to ideas about what a literary career should look like. ‘Thomas Keneally’s Career and the Literary Machine’ charts Keneally’s production and reception across his three major markets, noting clashes between national interests and international reach, continuity of themes and variety of topics, settings and genres, the writer’s interests and the publishers’ push to create a brand, celebrity fame and literary reputation, and the tussle around fiction, history, allegory and the middlebrow. Keneally is seen as playing a long game across several events rather than honing one specialist skill, a strategy that has sustained for more than 50 years his ambition to earn a living from writing.

Mass Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism  1972   2017 Book

Mass Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism 1972 2017


  • Author : Michael J. Blouin
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2018-05-10
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 253
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319893877

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Mass Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism 1972 2017 Excerpt :

Mass-Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, 1972–2017 tracks the transformation of liberal thought in the contemporary United States through the unique lens of the popular paperback. The book focuses on cultural shifts as they appear in works written by some of the most widely-read authors of the last fifty years: the idea of love within a New Economy (Danielle Steel), the role of government in scientific inquiry (Michael Crichton), entangled political alliances and legacies in the aftermath of the 1960s (Tom Clancy), the restructured corporation (John Grisham), and the blurred line between state and personal empowerment (Dean Koontz). To address the current crisis, this book examines how the changed character of American liberalism has been rendered legible for a mass audience.

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  • Author : Robert McParland
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2018-12-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781538110003

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Bestseller Excerpt :

This book looks at the bestselling titles since the early 20th century. The author considers how the popular circulation of these books reflected America’s consciousness and tastes at different junctures in the country's history.

Women s University Fiction  1880   1945 Book

Women s University Fiction 1880 1945


  • Author : Anna Bogen
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317319573

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Women s University Fiction 1880 1945 Excerpt :

The rise of the middle classes brought a sharp increase in the number of young men and women able to attend university. Developing in the wake of this increase, the university novel often centred on male undergraduates at either Oxford or Cambridge. Bogen argues that an analysis of the lesser known female narratives can provide new insights.

Middlebrow Mission  Pearl S  Buck s American China Book

Middlebrow Mission Pearl S Buck s American China


  • Author : Vanessa Künnemann
  • Publisher : transcript Verlag
  • Release Date : 2015-11-30
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN 10 : 9783839431085

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Middlebrow Mission Pearl S Buck s American China Excerpt :

Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck's engagement with (neo-)missionary cultures in the United States and China was unique. Against the backdrop of her missionary upbringing, Buck developed a fictional project which both revised and reaffirmed American foreign missionary activity in the Pacific Rim during the 20th century. Vanessa Künnemann accurately traces this project from America's number one expert on China - as Buck came to be known - from a variety of disciplinary angles, placing her work squarely in Middlebrow Studies and New American Studies.

The Naked Communist Cold War Modernism and the Politics of Popular Culture Book

The Naked Communist Cold War Modernism and the Politics of Popular Culture


  • Author : Roland Vegso
  • Publisher : Fordham Univ Press
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 245
  • ISBN 10 : 9780823245567

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The Naked Communist Cold War Modernism and the Politics of Popular Culture Excerpt :

Based on an analysis of American anti-Communist politics in the 1950s, the book presents parallel readings of modernism and popular fiction by concentrating on four recurrent figures (the world, the enemy, the secret, the catastrophe) in order to show that the two cultural fields participated in a common ideological program.

From Warm Center to Ragged Edge Book

From Warm Center to Ragged Edge


  • Author : Jon Lauck
  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Release Date : 2017-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781609384968

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From Warm Center to Ragged Edge Excerpt :

During the half-century after the Civil War, intellectuals and politicians assumed the Midwest to be the font and heart of American culture. Despite the persistence of strong currents of midwestern regionalism during the 1920s and 1930s, the region went into eclipse during the post–World War II era. In the apt language of Minnesota’s F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Midwest slid from being the “warm center” of the republic to its “ragged edge.” This book explains the factors that triggered the demise of the Midwest’s regionalist energies, from anti-midwestern machinations in the literary world and the inability of midwestern writers to break through the cultural politics of the era to the growing dominance of a coastal, urban culture. These developments paved the way for the proliferation of images of the Midwest as flyover country, the Rust Belt, a staid and decaying region. Yet Lauck urges readers to recognize persisting and evolving forms of midwestern identity and to resist the forces that squelch the nation’s interior voices.