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The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies

ISBN: 978-0-631-22305-4
220 pages
October 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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The subject of the aesthetic has returned to cultural and literary debates with a vengeance. The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies is a timely and authoritative collection of essays that analyze the role of aesthetics in American and British cultural studies, and reflect on its recuperation in the field.

  • Contains first-rate, original essays that analyze the role of aesthetics in American and British cultural studies, and reflect on its recuperation in the field.
  • Contributors are leading scholars, internationally based.
  • Includes substantial introductory material by the editor.
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1 Introduction: Engaging the Aesthetic: Michael Berube.

2 The Role of Aesthetics in Cultural Studies: Rita Felski.

3 On Literature in Cultural Studies: John Frow.

4 Excessive Practices: Aesthetics, Erotica, and Cultural Studies.

5 The Burden of Culture: Jonathan Sterne.

6 Cultural Studies and the Questions of Pleasure and Value: David Shumway.

7 "I Give It a 94. It's Got a Good Beat and You Can Dance to It": Valuing Popular Music: David Sanjek.

8 Cultural Studies and the New Belletrism: Barry Faulk.

9 Beauty on My Mind: Reading Literature in an Age of Cultural Studies: Irene Kacandes.

10 Inventing Culture (Behind the Garage Door): Steven Rubio.

11 The Cringe Factor: Laura Kipnis
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Michael Bérubé is the Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Marginal Forces/Cultural Centers: Tolson, Pynchon, and the Politics of the Canon (1992); Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics (1994); Life As We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child (1996); and The Employment of English: Theory, Jobs, and the Future of Literary Studies (1998).
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Contains first-rate, original essays that analyze the role of aesthetics in American and British cultural studies

  • Edited by Michael Bérubé, internationally recognised as a major figure in cultural studies
  • Discusses the return of the aesthetic to cultural and literary debates, reflecting on its recuperation in the field
  • Explores aesthetics in terms of subcultural analysis, the question of judgment in contemporary popular culture, the history of UK and US cultural studies, and the current state of the field
  • Contributors are leading scholars, internationally based
  • Includes substantial introductory material by the editor, which helps orient the reader to specific contributions and major debates.
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"This book is a refreshing reminder that cultural studies of pleasure can (and should) be pleasurable. Interesting questions, engaging voices, rueful disagreements, startling juxtapositions of topic and concept. A book to make you laugh while thinking and think while laughing. What more could anyone want?"
-Simon Frith, University of Stirling


"These essays are both timely and hard-hitting. The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies shows how crucial the provocation of cultural studies has been and remains for aesthetic thought. No grown-up or wide-awake account of the place and possibilities of the aesthetic can afford to ignore the arguments convened here."
--Steven Connor, Birkbeck College

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