Democracy and the Arts by Arthur M. MelzerDemocracy and the Arts by Arthur M. Melzer

Democracy and the Arts

EditorArthur M. Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, M. Richard Zinman

Hardcover | February 19, 1999

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Politics has taken a cultural turn in America, and the arts are at the center of today's culture wars. In this book, some of our most prominent cultural critics explore the relationships between culture and politics as played out in the world of novels, television, museums, and even fashion. The authors—John Simon, Greil Marcus, Arthur C. Danto, and other well-known commentators from across the political spectrum—examine the arts in their relation to democracy and consider whether and how they serve one another. The authors consider such topics as high and popular culture in democratic America; the relation of democracy to classical, jazz, and folk music; and the artistic potential of the most democratic of all arts, the movies. All of the essays are as entertaining as they are thoughtful.With its roots in popular sentiment, democracy will forever be entwined with art, a force that powerfully molds popular taste. Democracy and the Arts speaks elegantly to that relationship and reminds readers of its enduring importance.
Greil Marcus is the author of "Invisible Republic,""Dead Elvis,""Lipstick Traces,"&"Mystery Train." His pieces have appeared in a wide range of publications, including "Artforum,""Interview,""The New Yorker,""The New York Times,"&"Esquire." He will be teaching at Princeton & Berkeley in fall 2000. Art critic and philosopher Arthur C. D...
Title:Democracy and the ArtsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.33 inPublished:February 19, 1999Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801435412

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John Simon, Anne Hollander, Jerry Weinberger, Martha Bayles and other prominent cultural critics explore the relationships between culture and politics. Considering topics such as high and popular culture in democratic America, democracy as it relates to classical, jazz and folk music and the artistic and democratic potential of movies, Democracy and the Arts examine how the two forces mold popular taste to serve one another.

Editorial Reviews

"Democracy and the Arts is an informative book, both entertaining and thoughtful. If art, literature, and music do in fact mirror society at any given moment in time, Democracy and the Arts provides a forum to examine the interplay of democracy and the arts, a force the contributors feel still molds popular taste."—James Adomanis. History of Education Quarterly. Summer, 2000.