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Beautiful Things in Popular Culture

Beautiful Things in Popular Culture

Alan McKee (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-13190-2 September 2006 Wiley-Blackwell 248 Pages

 Hardcover

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$103.95

Description

This is an innovative book that addresses the question of how consumers make decisions about what is good and what is bad in popular culture.

  • An entertaining and informative guide to the range of aesthetic criteria that goes into judging mass culture's most celebrated texts and objects - from Batman to motor bikes, and pop stars to internet pornography



  • Brings together a series of accessible and engaging essays written by connoisseurs of various areas of popular culture



  • Tackles the core question of how consumers make decisions about what is good popular culture and what is bad popular culture



  • Offers an entertaining and educative read for academic readers as well as purveyors of culture; moving beyond a 'greatest hits' list of popular culture to debate broader issues.
List of Figures.

Notes on Contributors.

Introduction: Alan McKee.

1. The Best Contemporary Mainstream Superhero Comics Writer – Brian Michael Bendis: Henry Jenkins.

2. The Best Batman Story – The Dark Knight Returns: Will Brooker.

3. The Best Serial Killer Novel – Red Dragon: Sue Turnbull.

4. The Best Australian Romance Novelist – Emma Darcy: Glen Thomas.

5. The Best Website For Men Who Have Sex With Men – cruisingforsex.com: Mark McLelland.

6. The Best Basketball Player – Michael Jordan: Thomas McLaughlin.

7. The Best Sneakers – The Nike Air Max Classic TW: Claire Gould.

8. The Best Action Console Game – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: John Banks.

9. The Best Motorbike – the Ducati 916 Superbike: Margaret Henderson.

10. The Best Propaganda – Humphrey Jennings, The Silent Village (1943): John Hartley.

11. The Best Villain in Xena: Warrior Princess – Alti: Sara Gwenllian Jones.

12. The Best Pop Princess – Kylie Minogue: Marc Brennan.

13. The Best Disco Record – Sharon Redd: “Never Give You Up”: Simon Frith.

14. Conclusion: Alan McKee.

Index


  • An entertaining and informative guide to the range of aesthetic criteria that goes into judging mass culture's most celebrated texts and objects - from Batman to motor bikes, and pop stars to internet pornography.

  • Brings together a series of accessible and engaging essays written by connoisseurs of various areas of popular culture.

  • Tackles the core question of how consumers make decisions about what is good popular culture and what is bad popular culture.

  • Offers an entertaining and educative read for academic readers as well as purveyors of culture; moving beyond a 'greatest hits' list of popular culture to debate broader issues.