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Culture/Metaculture

by Francis Mulhern

Routledge | June 5, 2000 | Trade Paperback

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Culture/Metacultureis a stimulating introduction to the meanings of ''culture'' in contemporary Western society. This essential survey examines:

* culture as an antidote to ''mass'' modernity, in the work of Thomas Mann, Julien Benda, José Ortega y Gasset, Karl Mannheim and F. R. Leavis
* changing views of the term in the work of Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, T. S. Eliot and Richard Hoggart
* post-war theories of ''popular'' culture and the rise of Cultural Studies, paying particular attention to the key figures of Raymond Williams and Stuart Hall
* theories of ''metaculture'', or the ways in which culture, however defined, speaks of itself.

Francis Mulhern''s interdisciplinary approach allows him to draw out the fascinating links between key political issues and the changing definitions of culture. The result is an unrivalled introduction to a concept at the heart of contemporary critical thought.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.8 in

Published: June 5, 2000

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415102308

ISBN - 13: 9780415102308

Found in: Reference and Language, Theory

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Culture/Metaculture

by Francis Mulhern

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.8 in

Published: June 5, 2000

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415102308

ISBN - 13: 9780415102308

About the Book

Francis Mulhern offers a stimulating and concise introduction to the meanings of "culture" in contemporary Western society. In this critical survey, he provides a compelling account of the conceptual and political issues involved in the changing definitions of "culture," as well as critical summaries of key thinkers, such as Mann, Arnold, Freud, Sartre, Woolf and Eliot, and their theories of twentieth-century culture. Mulhern also provides an understanding of the history of debates over high and low culture using an interdisciplinary approach which traverses the boundaries between literary and cultural studies.
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Culture/Metacultureis a stimulating introduction to the meanings of ''culture'' in contemporary Western society. This essential survey examines:

* culture as an antidote to ''mass'' modernity, in the work of Thomas Mann, Julien Benda, José Ortega y Gasset, Karl Mannheim and F. R. Leavis
* changing views of the term in the work of Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, T. S. Eliot and Richard Hoggart
* post-war theories of ''popular'' culture and the rise of Cultural Studies, paying particular attention to the key figures of Raymond Williams and Stuart Hall
* theories of ''metaculture'', or the ways in which culture, however defined, speaks of itself.

Francis Mulhern''s interdisciplinary approach allows him to draw out the fascinating links between key political issues and the changing definitions of culture. The result is an unrivalled introduction to a concept at the heart of contemporary critical thought.

About the Author

Francis Mulhern is Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Middlesex. He is author ofThe Moment of Scrutiny(1979) andThe Present Lasts a Long Time(1998).
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