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The Resource Popular culture in America, Paul Buhle, editor

Popular culture in America, Paul Buhle, editor

Label
Popular culture in America
Title
Popular culture in America
Statement of responsibility
Paul Buhle, editor
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Popular Culture in America was first published in 1987. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.
  • The thirty-four essays work toward an understanding of American mass culture not through abstraction but by exploring the real pleasures of ordinary people's lives. Pulp literature (utopian and horror themes, sports and nurse novels, and contemporary science fiction); radio thrillers; TV horror movies: television evangelists; sitcoms; music (polka, country-western, blues, jazz, and rock 'n roll); comic strips (Krazy Kat, Dick Tracy, Zippy); women's humor—these and other topics are given sensitive, detailed—sometimes humorous—attention. Paul Buhle's essay, "The 1960s Meet the 1980s," discusses popular culture scholarship, drawing on a wide range of theory—the Frankfort School, art history, literary criticism, and social science approaches. Buhle argues for the importance of this scholarship as a way of understanding "that missed connection between the cultural promise of a richly diverse, democratic society and the reality at hand
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
700.973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.12
LC item number
.P64 1987
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Buhle, Paul
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Popular culture
  • American literature
  • Littérature américaine
  • Culture populaire
  • American literature
  • Popular culture
  • United States
  • Volkskultur
  • Aufsatzsammlung
  • USA
  • Culture populaire - États-Unis - Histoire - 20e siècle
  • Littérature américaine - 20e siècle - Histoire et critique
  • Volkskultur
  • USA
Summary expansion
This book collects some of the best work from the journal Cultural Correspondence (1975–83), which editor Paul Buhle calls "the first political journal of culture to assume its readers (and writers) watched television." The twenty-four contributors are part of a new generation of cultural critics and historians who are self-conscious products of the mass culture of the fifties and sixties. Their work attempts to update an elementary democratic principle - that people seek understanding and solutions, real or fanciful, through the mechanisms available to them. Although these writers condemn the manipulative qualities of commercial culture, they just as vehemently reject most of what has passed for Marxist (or liberal or conservative) orthodoxy on popular culture. Americans, they argue, have had a unique opportunity as well as a unique need to make the most of popular culture; the collective cultural experience is our only shared past. The richness and vitality of that culture is the focus of this book
Label
Popular culture in America, Paul Buhle, editor
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the 1960s meet the 1980s / Paul Buhle -- TV critic's code / David Marc -- Dialectical tensions in the American media past and present / Daniel Czitrom -- Horror in American literature / Paul Buhle -- Free play and no limit : an introduction to Edward Bellamy's utopia / Franklin Rosemont -- The significance of Yiddish socialism / Paul Buhle -- Laughing their way : a background to women's humor / Ann D. Gordon -- The politics of boys' sports novels / James P. O'Brien -- Nursing illusions : nurses in popular literature / Barbara Melosh -- In pursuit of polka happiness / Angela Keil and Charles Keil -- Looking for a style : male images in country music of the 1970s / George Lipsitz -- Women in country music / Mary Bufwack and Bob Oermann. Janis Joplin was no rose / Ann D. Gordon -- Crazy music / R. Crumb -- Black music : surrealism / James Spady -- Surrealism in the comics I : Krazy Kat (George Herriman) / Franklin Rosemont -- Surrealism in the comics II : Dick Tracy (Chester Gould) / Franklin Rosemont -- As the artist sees it : interviews with comic artists / R. Crumb and Bill Griffith -- Radio voices : a child's bed of sirens / Philip Lamantia -- Backyard bombs : horror movies on TV / Nancy Joyce Peters -- Bilko : a sitcom for all seasons / Daniel Czitrom -- Prime time Jesus / Michael E. Starr -- Spelling's salvation armies / Bob Schneider -- Hegemony and me / Jim Murray -- The sitcom decade : the 1970s / David Marc -- Making a production of it / Sam Hunting. Science fiction : Philip K. Dick / Sam Hunting -- Science fiction : Ursula K. Le Guin / Paul Buhle -- Getting a handle on the cranks / Dave Wagner -- Ishmael Reed / Paul Buhle -- Three black women writers / C.L.R. James -- A writer's comment / Marge Piercy -- Humor's magic history / Paul Buhle -- Me and my feminist humor : all alone and feeling blue / Catherine Clinton
Control code
ocm13525298
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxvii, 271 pages
Isbn
9780816614080
Lccn
86007117
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o13525298
  • (OCoLC)13525298
Label
Popular culture in America, Paul Buhle, editor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the 1960s meet the 1980s / Paul Buhle -- TV critic's code / David Marc -- Dialectical tensions in the American media past and present / Daniel Czitrom -- Horror in American literature / Paul Buhle -- Free play and no limit : an introduction to Edward Bellamy's utopia / Franklin Rosemont -- The significance of Yiddish socialism / Paul Buhle -- Laughing their way : a background to women's humor / Ann D. Gordon -- The politics of boys' sports novels / James P. O'Brien -- Nursing illusions : nurses in popular literature / Barbara Melosh -- In pursuit of polka happiness / Angela Keil and Charles Keil -- Looking for a style : male images in country music of the 1970s / George Lipsitz -- Women in country music / Mary Bufwack and Bob Oermann. Janis Joplin was no rose / Ann D. Gordon -- Crazy music / R. Crumb -- Black music : surrealism / James Spady -- Surrealism in the comics I : Krazy Kat (George Herriman) / Franklin Rosemont -- Surrealism in the comics II : Dick Tracy (Chester Gould) / Franklin Rosemont -- As the artist sees it : interviews with comic artists / R. Crumb and Bill Griffith -- Radio voices : a child's bed of sirens / Philip Lamantia -- Backyard bombs : horror movies on TV / Nancy Joyce Peters -- Bilko : a sitcom for all seasons / Daniel Czitrom -- Prime time Jesus / Michael E. Starr -- Spelling's salvation armies / Bob Schneider -- Hegemony and me / Jim Murray -- The sitcom decade : the 1970s / David Marc -- Making a production of it / Sam Hunting. Science fiction : Philip K. Dick / Sam Hunting -- Science fiction : Ursula K. Le Guin / Paul Buhle -- Getting a handle on the cranks / Dave Wagner -- Ishmael Reed / Paul Buhle -- Three black women writers / C.L.R. James -- A writer's comment / Marge Piercy -- Humor's magic history / Paul Buhle -- Me and my feminist humor : all alone and feeling blue / Catherine Clinton
Control code
ocm13525298
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxvii, 271 pages
Isbn
9780816614080
Lccn
86007117
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o13525298
  • (OCoLC)13525298

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