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Author Mulhern, Francis.

Title Culture/metaculture / Francis Mulhern
Published London : Routledge, 2000


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Description xxi, 198 pages ; 21 cm
Series The new critical idiom
New critical idiom.
Contents Pt. I. Kulturkritik. 1. Against mass civilization. The unpolitical Thomas Mann. Julien Benda, clerc. Karl Mannheim's intellectuals. Ortega's aristocratic vision. F. R. Leavis's critical minority. The discourse of Kulturkritik. 2. In the wars. Freud's critique of Kultur. Woolf's androgyny. Orwell's English. Marxist incursions. Anti-fascist culture. 3. Welfare? Eliot's whole way of life. Hoggart and the abuses of literacy. 4. A reckoning. Raymond Williams: beyond culture-and-society. From paternalism to democracy -- Pt. II. Cultural studies. 1. A theory. Williams: creation is ordinary. Marxism and cultural theory. 2. A centre. Literature and Contemporary Cultural Studies. From Hoggart to Stuart Hall. Ten years of Cultural Studies. The new subject. 3. A theatre of critical situations. Hall: beyond New Left 'culturalism'. The structures of signification. New times for subjectivity. Identities in motion. Wrestling with Marxism. 4. Towards popular culture? Populism in Cultural Studies. Bimbos and fans. Organic intellectuals? The 'politics' of metaculture -- Pt. III. Metaculture and society. The desire called Cultural Studies. Between past and future. Metaculture and society. Cultural politics?
Summary "Culture/Metaculture is a stimulating introduction to the meanings of 'culture' in contemporary Western society. This essential study examines: culture as an antidote to 'mass' modernity, in the work of Thomas Mann, Julien Benda, Jose 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; and 'metaculture' itself, or the way 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."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Also available online via the World Wide Web by subscription to netLibrary, Inc. (CEIRC Shared Collection)
Subject Culture.
Author NetLibrary, Inc.
LC no. 99054750
ISBN 0415102294 (cased)
0415102308 (paperback)
Other Titles Culture metaculture