Middlebrow Matters

Middlebrow Matters
Publisher Oxford University Press
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Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 244
ISBN 9781786941565
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
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This is the first book to study the middlebrow novel in France. Middlebrow is a derogatory word that connotes blandness, mediocrity and a failed aspiration to 'high' culture. However, when appropriated as a positive term to denote that wide swathe of literature between the challenging experimentalism of the high and the formulaic drive of the popular, it enables a rethinking of the literary canon from the point of view of what most readers actually read, a criterion curiously absent from dominant definitions of literary value. Since women have long formed a majority of the nation's reading public, this perspective immediately feminises what has always been a very male canon. Opening with a theorisation of the concept of middlebrow that mounts a defence of some literary qualities disdained by modernism, the book then focuses on a series of case studies of periods (the Belle Époque, inter-war, early twenty-first century), authors (including Colette, Irène Nemirovsky, Françoise Sagan, Anna Gavalda) and the middlebrow nature of literary prizes. It concludes with a double reading of a single text, from the perspective of an academic critic, and from that of a middlebrow reader.

Middlebrow Matters
  • Author : Diana Holmes
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-11-30

This is the first book to study the middlebrow novel in France. Middlebrow is a derogatory word that connotes blandness, mediocrity and a failed aspiration to 'high' culture. However, when appropriated as a positive term to denote that wide swathe of literature between the challenging experimentalism of the high and

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Middlebrow Matters  Women s Reading and the Literary Canon in France Since the Belle   poque
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-12-05

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Middlebrow Literary Cultures
  • Author : E. Brown,M. Grover
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2011-11-30

The literary 'middle ground', once dismissed by academia as insignificant, is the site of powerful anxieties about cultural authority that continue to this day. In short, the middlebrow matters . These essays examine the prejudices and aspirations at work in the 'battle of the brows', and show that cultural value is

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Middlebrow Cinema
  • Author : Sally Faulkner
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-03-31

Middlebrow Cinema challenges an often uninterrogated hostility to middlebrow culture that frequently dismisses it as conservative, which it often is not, and feminized or middle-class, which it often is. The volume defines the term relationally against shifting concepts of ‘high’ and ‘low’, and considers its deployment in connection with text,

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The Masculine Middlebrow  1880 1950
  • Author : K. Macdonald
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2011-10-04

Who was the early twentieth-century masculine middlebrow reader? How did his reading choices respond to his environment? This book looks at British middlebrow writing and reading from the late Victorian period to the 1950s and examines the masculine reader and author, and how they challenged feminine middlebrow and literary modernism.

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Comedy and the Feminine Middlebrow Novel
  • Author : Erica Brown
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06

Elizabeth von Arnim and Elizabeth Taylor wrote witty and entertaining novels about the domestic lives of middle-class women. Widely read and enjoyed, their work was often dismissed as middlebrow. Brown argues their skilful use of comedy and irony provided the receptive reader with subversive commentary on the cruelties and disappointments

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Modernism and Physical Illness
  • Author : Peter Fifield
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2020-05-14

T. S. Eliot memorably said that separation of the man who suffers from the mind that creates is the root of good poetry. This book argues that this is wrong. Beginning from Virginia Woolf's 'On Being Ill', it demonstrates that modernism is, on the contrary, invested in physical illness as

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Winifred Holtby s Social Vision
  • Author : Lisa Regan
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06

Winifred Holtby (1898–1935) is best-known today for her friendship with fellow feminist and pacifist Vera Brittain and for her last novel, South Riding. This is the first monograph to provide a literary criticism of Holtby’s social philosophy and presents in-depth readings of all her major works as well as some

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Writing for the Masses
  • Author : Christine Colón
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-12-22

In Writing for the Masses: Dorothy L. Sayers and the Victorian Literary Tradition Dr. Christine A. Colón explores how Sayers carefully negotiates the complexities of early twentieth century literary culture by embracing a specifically Victorian literary tradition of writing to engage a wide audience. Using a variety of examples

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Women s University Fiction  1880   1945
  • Author : Anna Bogen
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06

The rise of the middle classes brought a sharp increase in the number of young men and women able to attend university. Developing in the wake of this increase, the university novel often centred on male undergraduates at either Oxford or Cambridge. Bogen argues that an analysis of the lesser

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Biofiction and Writers    Afterlives
  • Author : Bethany Layne
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-06-25

The twelve essays collected in this work explore the afterlives of nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers in biographical fiction, or biofiction, and its sister genre, the biopic. The essays situate these genres in relation to their generic, cultural, and ideological contexts, and are organised into four groups. The first locates the

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The History of British Women s Writing  1920 1945
  • Author : M. Joannou
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2012-10-22

Featuring sixteen contributions from recognized authorities in their respective fields, this superb new mapping of women's writing ranges from feminine middlebrow novels to Virginia Woolf's modernist aesthetics, from women's literary journalism to crime fiction, and from West End drama to the literature of Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

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Singing in the Age of Anxiety
  • Author : Laura Tunbridge
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2018-07-11

In New York and London during World War I, the performance of lieder—German art songs—was roundly prohibited, representing as they did the music and language of the enemy. But as German musicians returned to the transatlantic circuit in the 1920s, so too did the songs of Franz Schubert,

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Middlebrow Modernism
  • Author : Christopher Chowrimootoo
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2018-11-06

"At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press's Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. This provocative study is situated at the intersection of the history, historiography, and aesthetics of twentieth-century music. It uses Benjamin

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The Cambridge Companion to Popular Fiction
  • Author : David Glover,Scott McCracken
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-04-05

Popular commercial fiction emerged in the nineteenth century, with serialised novels and sensational penny dreadfuls. Today it remains a multi-million dollar industry giving pleasure to many, but it is also a field of growing interest for scholars and students of literature. This Companion covers the major developments in the history

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