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.
Introduction: Engaging the Aesthetic (Michael Berube).
1 The Role of Aesthetics in Cultural Studies (Rita Felski).
2 On Literature in Cultural Studies (John Frow).
3 Excessive Practices: Aesthetics, Erotica, and Cultural Studies (Jane Juffer).
4 The Burden of Culture (Jonathan Sterne).
5 Cultural Studies and the Questions of Pleasure and Value (David Shumway).
6 "I Give It a 94. It's Got a Good Beat and You Can Dance to It": Valuing Popular Music (David Sanjek).
7 Cultural Studies and the New Belletrism (Barry Faulk).
8 Beauty on My Mind: Reading Literature in an Age of Cultural Studies (Irene Kacandes).
9 Inventing Culture (Behind the Garage Door) (Steven Rubio).
10 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
- 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
--Steven Connor, Birkbeck College