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Author Simon, Richard Keller.

Title Trash culture : popular culture and the great tradition / Richard Keller Simon
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1999]


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Description x, 189 pages ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Trash and Literature. 2. The Critical Context -- Pt. 1. Case Studies. 3. Star Wars and The Faerie Queene. 4. The Trash Talk Show. 5. Friends, Seinfeld, and Days of Our Lives. 6. Tragedy, the Enquirer, and the Critics -- Pt. 2. Values. 7. Advertising and Utopia. 8. The Shopping Mall and the Formal Garden. 9. Playboy and The Book of the Courtier. 10. Cosmopolitan and the Woman's Coming-of-Age Novel -- Pt. 3. History. 11. Star Trek, Gulliver's Travels, and the Problem of History. 12. The Great Books in Vietnam. 13. Matthew Arnold Meets Godzilla
Summary "The popular culture that surrounds us in our daily lives bears a striking similarity to some of the great works of literature of the past. In television, movies, magazines, and advertisements we are exposed to many of the same stories as those found in the great books of Western literature, but we have simply been encouraged to look at those stories differently. In Trash Culture, Richard K. Simon examines the ways in which the great literature and cultural work of the past has been rewritten for today's consumer society. Trash Culture concludes that the great books are alive and well, but simply hidden from the critics. It argues for the linking of high and low for the study and appreciation of each form of literature, and the importance of teaching popular culture and books alongside the great tradition in order to understand the critical context in which the books appear." -- Book cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-184) and index
Subject Popular culture.
Popular culture in literature.
Popular culture -- United States.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Storytelling -- Social aspects -- United States.
United States -- Civilization -- 1970-
United States -- Civilization -- European influences.
LC no. 99021164
ISBN 0520222237 paperback
0520216474 cased