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- DescriptionSwirski begins with a series of groundbreaking questions about the nature of popular fiction, vindicating it as an artform that expresses and reflects the aesthetic and social values of its readers. He follows his insightful introduction to the socio-aesthetics of genre literature with a synthesis of the century long debate on the merits of popular fiction and a study of genre informed by analytic aesthetics and game theory. Swirski then turns to three brow vels that have been largely igred by critics. Examining the aesthetics of artertainment in Karel Capek's War with the Newts, Raymond Chandler's Playback, and Stanislaw Lem's Chain of Chance, crossover tours de force, From Lowbrow to Nobrow throws new light on the hazards and rewards of brow traffic between popular forms and highbrow aesthetics.
- Author BiographyPeter Swirski is research director at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS) and professor of American literature and culture at UMSL. He is the author of ten books, including the National Book Award nominated Ars Americana, Ars Politica (2010).
- Author(s)Peter Swirski
- PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press
- Date of Publication24/10/2005
- SubjectCultural Studies
- Place of PublicationMontreal
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintMcGill-Queen's University Press
- Weight354 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine407 mm
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