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Consuming pleasures : intellectuals and popular culture in the postwar world

Author: Daniel Horowitz
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2012.
Series: Arts and intellectual life in modern America.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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How is it that American intellectuals, who had for 150 years worried about the deleterious effects of affluence, more recently began to emphasize pleasure, playfulness, and symbolic exchange as the essence of a vibrant consumer culture? The New York intellectuals of the 1930s rejected any serious or analytical discussion, let alone appreciation, of popular culture, which they viewed as morally questionable.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Consuming pleasures.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011034159
(OCoLC)748290790
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Horowitz
ISBN: 9780812206494 0812206495 0812243951 9780812243956
OCLC Number: 794700785
Language Note: In English.
Notes: OldControl:muse9780812206494.
Awards: Winner of Named Notable Title in American Intellectual History for 2012 by the Society for U.S. Intellectual History.
Description: 1 online resource (528 pages)
Contents: For and against the American grain --
Lost in translation --
Crossing borders --
Reluctant fascination --
Literary ethnography of working-class life --
Pop art from Britain to America --
From workers and literature to youth and popular culture --
Class and consumption --
Sexuality and a new sensibility --
Learning from consumer culture --
Conclusion: The world of pleasure and symbolic exchange.
Series Title: Arts and intellectual life in modern America.
Responsibility: Daniel Horowitz.
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Between 1950 and 1972, American and European writers came to envision consumer culture in fresh, provocative ways. Across national boundaries, they shifted attention from condemnation to critical  Read more...

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