Catalogue


Imagining the popular in contemporary French culture /
edited by Diana Holmes and David Looseley.
imprint
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, 2013.
description
254 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0719078164 (hbk.), 9780719078163 (hbk.)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, 2013.
isbn
0719078164 (hbk.)
9780719078163 (hbk.)
catalogue key
8862564
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-246) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Dina Homes is Professor of French at the University of Leeds. David Looseley is Emeritus Professor of Contemporary French Culture at the University of Leeds.
Summaries
Main Description
This groundbreaking book is about what 'popular culture' means in France, and how the term's shifting meanings have been negotiated and contested. It represents the first theoretically informed study of the way that popular culture is lived, imagined, fought over and negotiated in modern and contemporary France. It covers a wide range of overarching concerns: the roles of state policy, the market, political ideologies, changing social contexts and new technologies in the construction of the popular. But it also provides a set of specific case studies showing how popular songs, stories, films, TV programmes and language styles have become indispensable elements of 'culture' in France. Deploying yet also rethinking a 'Cultural Studies' approach to the popular, the book therefore challenges dominant views of what French culture really means today.
Main Description
This groundbreaking book is about what 'popular culture' means in France, and how the term's shifting meanings have been negotiated and contested. It represents the first theoretically informed study of the way that popular culture is lived, imagined, fought over and negotiated in modern and contemporary France.It covers a wide range of overarching concerns: the roles of state policy, the market, political ideologies, changing social contexts and new technologies in the construction of the popular. But it also provides a set of specific case studies showing how popular songs, stories, films, TV programmes and language styles have become indispensable elements of 'culture' in France. Deploying yet also rethinking a 'Cultural Studies' approach to the popular, the book therefore challenges dominant views of what French culture really means today.
Long Description
This groundbreaking book is about what 'popular culture' means in France, and how the term's shifting meanings have been negotiated and contested. It represents the first theoretically informed study of the way that popular culture is lived, imagined, fought over and negotiated in modern and contemporary France. Chapter from an impressive line up of contributors cover the public 'invention' of popular culture; music; fiction; film; television and language.This structure allows a wide range of overarching concerns to be explored: the roles of state policy, the market, political ideologies, changing social contexts and new technologies in the construction of the popular. But it also provides a set of specific case studies showing how popular songs, stories, films, TV programmes and language styles have become indispensable elements of 'culture' in France. Deploying yet also rethinking a 'Cultural Studies' approach to the popular, the book therefore challenges dominant views of what French culture really means today.It will reach a wide, international readership in French Studies, Cultural and Media Studies, and disciplines well beyond. Its clarity of style will also make it a readable and useful resource for undergraduates and postgraduates. The book emerges from the pioneering collaborative work of the University of Leeds-based Popular Cultures Research Network, and is written by some of the leading scholars in French cultural studies.
Table of Contents
Figures and tablep. vi
Notes on contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction. Imagining the popular: highbrow, lowbrow, middlebrowp. 1
Politics and pleasure: inventing popular culture in contemporary Francep. 16
Authenticity and appropriation: a discursive history of French popular musicp. 47
The mimetic prejudice: the popular novel in Francep. 85
Why popular films are popular: identification, imitation and critical mortificationp. 123
French television: negotiating the national popularp. 162
Social and linguistic change in French: does popular culture mean popular language?p. 194
Conclusionp. 230
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 247
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