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Artists in the Audience : Cults, Camp, and American Film Criticism - Greg Taylor

Artists in the Audience

Cults, Camp, and American Film Criticism

Paperback Published: 26th August 2001
ISBN: 9780691089553
Number Of Pages: 208

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"Gone with the Wind" an inspiration for the American avant-garde? Mickey Mouse a crucial source for the development of cutting-edge intellectual and aesthetic ideas? As Greg Taylor shows in this witty and provocative book, the idea is not so far-fetched. One of the first-ever studies of American film criticism, "Artists in the Audience" shows that film critics, beginning in the 1940s, turned to the movies as raw material to be molded into a more radical modernism than that offered by any other contemporary artists or thinkers. In doing so, they offered readers a vanguard alternative that reshaped postwar American culture: nonaesthetic mass culture reconceived and refashioned into rich, personally relevant art by the attuned, creative spectator.

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"The educated public has known for years that vanguard film theory is one part self-indulgence, two parts hoodwinking. Taylor's study shows precisely how and why the interpreters lost touch within the medium."--Jacob M. Appel, Boston Book Review "Taylor constructs a detailed history of some of the most salient trends in Post-World War II American cinema and film criticism... [His] points are well-taken and his analyses convincingly argued."--Robert L. Cagle, afterimage "Lively, provocative reading... This is a gripping saga as Taylor tells it, carefully constructed and lucidly written."--David Sterritt, Cineaste "Greg Taylor's intriguing study of film critics takes both a discriminating and aesthetic approach to the subject... An illuminating book."--Filmbill

Prefacep. ix
The Spectator as Critic as Artistp. 3
Movies to the Rescue: American Modernism and the Middlebrow Challengep. 19
Life on the Edge: Manny Farber and Cult Criticismp. 30
Hallucinating Hollywood: Parker Tyler and Camp Spectatorshipp. 49
From Termites to Auteurs: Cultism Goes Mainstreamp. 73
Heavy Culture and Underground Campp. 98
Retreat into Theoryp. 122
Conclusion: Love, Death, and the Limits of Artistic Criticismp. 150
Notesp. 159
Referencesp. 179
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780691089553
ISBN-10: 0691089558
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 26th August 2001
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.31

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