Rev. and updated ed. - New York : Basic Books, c1999.
xvii, 248 p. ; 21 cm.
Popular culture & high culture
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-234) and index.
* Introduction: Mass Culture, Popular Culture, and Taste Culture * The Critique of Mass Culture * A Comparative Analysis of High and Popular Culture * The Evaluation of Taste Cultures and Publics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Is NYPD Blue a less valid form of artistic expression than a Shakespearean drama? Who is to judge and by what standards?In this new edition of Herbert Ganss brilliantly conceived and clearly argued landmark work, he builds on his critique of the universality of high cultural standards. While conceding that popular and high culture have converged to some extent over the twenty-five years since he wrote the book, Gans holds that the choices of typical Ivy League graduates, not to mention Ph. D. s in literature, are still very different from those of high school graduates, as are the movie houses, television channels, museums, and other cultural institutions they frequent. This new edition benefits greatly from Ganss discussion of the politicization of culture over the last quarter-century. Popular Culture and High Culture is a must read for anyone interested in the vicissitudes of taste in American society. (source: Nielsen Book Data)