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Middlebrow literary cultures the battle of the brows, 1920-1960 by Erica Brown

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Published by Palgrave Macmillan in New York .
Written in English


  • English literature,
  • History and criticism,
  • Popular literature,
  • Literature and society,
  • History

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Statementedited by Erica Brown and Mary Grover
LC ClassificationsPR478.P66 M53 2011
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL25067024M
ISBN 109780230298361
LC Control Number2011040378

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  Literary critics often make decisions about what to review long before the book is published. Critics cannot afford to judge a book by its cover because often, well, there isn’t one yet.   All books, including works of literature, are involved in marketing processes, but in the case of the middlebrow these processes are often highly visible This can produce criticism of the middlebrow that reacts to it as part of a commercial system profiting from culture, and, in consequence, casts middlebrow mediators as manipulative and. There is an interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the Great Books movement and "middlebrow" culture in the U.S. As someone who teaches a quintessential "great books" course, Literature of the Humanities, at Columbia University--not quite a "middlebrow" culture--I found the article interesting.   "This is a much needed study: the first sustained analysis of middlebrow literary culture in France, and the first analysis of the relevance of the critical concept of 'middlebrow' in a French context. There has, to date, been hardly any research on non-anglophone middlebrow cultures, therefore this excellent book will be most warmly welcomed Author: Diana Holmes.

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