The Myth of Popular Culture: Why ‘Highbrow’ & ‘Lowbrow’ Don’t Work

The Myth of Popular Culture: Why ‘Highbrow’ & ‘Lowbrow’ Don’t Work

Pop Culture November 11, 2011 / By Maria Popova
The Myth of Popular Culture: Why ‘Highbrow’ & ‘Lowbrow’ Don’t Work
SYNOPSIS

From Dante to Dylan, or what nineteenth-century phrenology has to do with the codification of bigotry.

We’ve come to accept intellectual stimulation and pop culture fetishism as diametric opposites, frequently pulling us, our attention, and our personal growth in conflicting directions. But, it turns out, this might be a tragic oversimplification at best, if not a complete fallacy. In The Myth of Popular Culture: From Dante to Dylan, cultural critic Perry Meisel offers a bold defense of pop culture by arguing against the traditional, socialized distinction between “high” and “low” culture through a thoughtful analysis of three hallmarks of contemporary culture — the American novel, Hollywood, and British and American rock music.

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