The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies

The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies

Language: English

Pages: 216

ISBN: B000W889BC

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The subject of the aesthetic has returned to cultural and literary debates with a vengeance. The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies is a timely and authoritative collection of essays that analyze the role of aesthetics in American and British cultural studies, and reflect on its recuperation in the field.

  • Contains first-rate, original essays that analyze the role of aesthetics in American and British cultural studies, and reflect on its recuperation in the field.
  • Contributors are leading scholars, internationally based.
  • Includes substantial introductory material by the editor.

The Objective Eye: Color, Form, and Reality in the Theory of Art

Œuvres complètes, tome 7: L'économie à la mesure de l'univers - La Part maudite - La limite de l'utile (Fragments) - Théorie de la Religion - Conférences 1947-1948 - Annexes

Psychoanalyzing Cinema: A Productive Encounter with Lacan, Deleuze, and Žižek

Antonin Artaud: The Scum of the Soul (Palegrave Studies in Modern European Literature)




















exactly is it that you can do for us?’’ (1992: 372) Although cultural studies has several disciplinary locations, one important site, especially in the US, has been English departments, where cultural studies has at times been used to expand the kinds of texts considered worthy of study (film, television, stars, pornography) without moving beyond textual analysis as a methodology. Certainly, cultural studies in English has often maintained ‘‘culture’’ at the center of analysis, positing it as

‘‘Women. Do you keep a diary? Have you been betrayed? Have you betrayed another? Man, 35, wounded and alone, recovering from the loss of a once-in-a-lifetime love. Looking for reasons why. Willing to pay top dollar for your experiences. Please send diary to Red Shoes . . . All submissions are strictly confidential.’’ In a nostalgic rejection of such modern-day technologies as the internet, Duchovny receives the handwritten entries at various post-office boxes, accompanied by his loyal mutt

regard to 6 INTRODUCTION: ENGAGING THE AESTHETIC cultural politics than with regard to public policy.2 According to this line of argument, there are any number of pedagogical purposes to which cultural artifacts like Die Hard or Star Trek might be put, and therefore any number of justifications for offering courses and writing articles or books about mass-media phenomena and their place in the war of position against All Bad Things, namely, racism, patriarchy, homophobia, imperialism,

first produced work, Atwater: Fixin’ to Die, tells the story of Republican political consultant Lee Atwater, relying mainly on Atwater’s own words. The play offers so little overt judgment of its protagonist that it was as popular with Atwater supporters in South Carolina as it was with his detractors in New York. The very genre of the play seems to depend on the viewer’s perspective. Atwater’s early death from a brain tumor is a tragedy to those who revere him, but poetic justice to his

him to put commercialism above all other priorities. However, when his band Sabalon Glitz (named after a character on the BBC cult television series Doctor Who) receives attention from the Atlantic record label, things change. The record company wants to sign Holmes, but not the rest of the group, as part of their ‘‘alternative’’ roster. Frank distinguishes this position within the mainstream record business as follows: ‘‘Alternative adopted indie’s anti-fake postures and noises as a way to

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