Studies in Entertainment — Critical Approaches to Mass Culture by Edited by Tania Modleski

Published by Indiana University Press, 1986, Paperback.

Condition: Very Good. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wrappers otherwise a very well presented copy.

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Later Printing. Volume VII in the series. From the cover: Exploring various forms of contemporary mass art and culture from rock-n-roll music to slasher films, from womens romances to retro fashion style, these innovative and politically engaged essays reflect the paradox inherent in taking a critical approach to mass culture. They draw on a variety of theories, including feminist theory, Frankfurt School Critical Theory, linguistic theory, and psychoanalysis, to reveal the very complicated workings of popular texts, to make explicit the texts ideological effects on consumers, and to challenge the outmoded (and, as two contributors argue, misogynist) dichotomy between high art and mass culture.

Studies in Entertainment offers a provocative array of essays explaining important facets of contemporary culture. While most of the pieces illuminate particular examples from the mass media, together they provide a broad and incisive cultural panorama. Modleskis clear introductory essay effectively locates the volume and its concerns within the broader context and traditions of media and culture criticism. Tania Modleski has done students of the mass media a tremendous service.

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