"This is an important book for all students of literature and history." -- American Studies International
..". thoughtful and provocative.... the essays... grant complexity and contradiction to mass culture, while interrogating its objects from positions that -- explicitly or implicitly -- derive from the left and from feminism." -- The Independent
These innovative and politically engaged essays reflect the paradox inherent in taking a critical approach to mass culture.
The contributors, in many cases pioneers in their particular area of inquiry, include: Tania Modleski, Raymond Williams (interviewed here by Stephen Heath and Gillian Skirrow), Bernard Gendron, Rick Altman, Margaret Morse, Patricia Mellencamp, Judith Williamson, Jean Franco, Kaja Silverman, Dana Polan, and Andreas Huyssen.
Foreword Introduction I. Traditions of Mass Culture Criticism 1. An Interview with Raymond Williams Stephen Heath and Gillian Skirrow 2. Theodor Adorno Meets the Cadillacs Bernard Gendron II. Studies in Television 3. Television/Sound Rick Altman 4. The Television News Personality and Credibility: Reflections on the News in Transition Margaret Morse 5. Situation Comedy, Feminism, and Freud: Discourses of Gracie and Lucy Patricia Mellencamp III. Feminist Studies in Entertainment 6. Woman Is an Island: Femininity and Colonization Judith Williamson 7. The Incorporation of Women: A Comparison of North American and Mexican Popular Narrative Jean Franco 8. Fragments of a Fashionable Discourse Kaja Silverman IV. Redrawing the Boundaries Between Art and Entertainment 9. The Terror of Pleasure: The Contemporary Horror Film and Postmodern Theory Tania Modleski 10. Brief Encounters: Mass Culture and the Evacuation of Sense Dana Polan 11. Mass Culture as Woman: ModernismOs Other Andreas Huyssen Contributors