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High-Pop: Making Culture into Popular Entertainment



High-Pop: Making Culture into Popular Entertainment

Jim Collins (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-22210-1 February 2002 Wiley-Blackwell 248 Pages


An exploration by nine key thinkers of the popularization of elite tastes for mass audiences, High-Pop challenges the project of cultural studies to focus on all-but-ignored forms of mainstream culture.
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List of Contributors.


High-Pop: An Introduction: Jim Collins (University of Notre Dame).

1. "Expecting Rain": Opera as Popular Culture? John Storey (Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland).

2. Signature and Brand: John Frow (University of Edinburgh).

3. From Brahmin Julia to Working-Class Emeril: The Evolution of Television Cooking: Toby Miller (Tisch School of Fine Arts, NYU).

4. "Tan"talizing Others: Multicultural Anxiety and the New Orientalism: Kim Middleton Meyer (University of Notre Dame, Doctoral Candidate).

5. Class Rites in the Age of the Blockbuster: Alan Wallach (College of William and Mary).

6. Museums and Department Stores: Close Encounters: Carol Duncan (Ramapo College).

7. Which Shakespeare to Love? Film, Fidelity, and the Performance of Literature: Tim Corrigan (Temple University).

8. No (Popular) Place Like Home? Jim Collins (University of Notre Dame).

9. Style and the Perfection of Things: Celia Lury (Goldsmiths College, University of London).


"High-Pop is an important book, and a challenging one. Its wide-ranging examination of the integration of high culture into popular entertainment offers rich and provocative insights into the changing dynamics of taste, value, culture, and consumption. Just the kind of critical rethinking of earlier perspectives that cultural studies now badly needs." Tony Bennett, the Open University

  • Takes a new direction in cultural studies by focusing on elite 'culture' as popular culture.

  • Consists of case studies on emergent phenomena in mainstream culture that have never before been given significant scholarly treatment.

  • Showcases work by a cast of distinguished contributors, including Toby Miller, Carol Duncan, Jim Collins, and Celia Lury.