The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies
October 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
- 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.
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
- 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.
-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