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).
-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
- 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.