Swirski begins with a series of groundbreaking questions about the nature of popular fiction, vindicating it as an artform that expresses and reflects the aesth. From Lobrow to Nobrow demolishes the elite argument that popular fiction and crossover tours de force, From Lowbrow to Nobrow throws new light on the. Swirski then turns to three “nobrow” novels that have been largely ignored by crossover tours de force, From Lowbrow to Nobrow throws new light on the.

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In passing, he takes fly-sized swipes at the goliaths Theodor Adorno and Maurice Blanchot.

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Garet added it Dec 29, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Swirski also assures us that popular fiction is no more degenerate than the highbrow canon in terms of value or moral. All three, and many others mentioned and discussed in this book, are exemplary of the nobrow cultural formation which spans the twentieth century. LiteratureCultural studies. This article relies largely or entirely on a single source.

My generation in China witnessed the high popularity of Kongfu fiction and romantic fiction, the former championed by Jin Yong a Hongkong writer while the latter by the Taiwanese Qiong Yao. He follows his insightful introduction to the socio-aesthetics ofgenre literature with a synthesis of the century-long debate on the merits ofpopular fiction and a study of genre. Yost rated it it was amazing May 21, By no means can this book cover all arguments and examples in terms of this debate, but it exerts a valiant effort to do so, and to change people’s minds.


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From Lowbrow to Nobrow will be widely enjoyed by both academics and the public, and will likely become an indispensable textbook in every classroom where literature is taught. Raymond Chandlers Aesthetics of Irony.

For ten years the author championed a groundbreaking approach to the study of literary texts that relies deeply on mathematic game theory. Bellow tries to make this singularity pervade every sentence, while Lem writes in the staccato style typical of hardboiled fiction-stringing together pithy observations without the support of a rich, subjective presence.

By using this site, you agree to the Nobeow of Use and Privacy Policy. Swirski then turns to three “nobrow” novels that have been largely ignored by critics.

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Please try again later. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. As has been mentioned, Swirski’s main argument lies in the fact that he is trying to “wipe the brow” pun intended of distinction amongst works nobfow literature, essentially calling for the banishment of the title “lowbrow” for those books deemed “not sophisticated enough for serious academic study”.


He contends that commercialism happens in “highart” too due to a lack of government subsidies and wealthy patrons. Swirski is the one who plainly exploits his personal literary intelligence to guide public views.

He follows his insightful introduction to the socio-aesthetics of genre literature with a synthesis of the century long debate on the merits of popular fiction and a study of genre informed by analytic aesthetics and game theory.

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Rachel London marked it as to-read Jan 12, Louis marked it as to-read May 04, In this innovative book, Peter Swirski goes beyond demonstrating that “high-brow” has been transformed to “low-brow,” showing that nobrow art is the interactive factor in the relationship From Lowbrow to Nobrow is a book on literary culture written by Peter Swirskiprofessor of American literature and culture at the University of Missouri, St. He demonstrates his arguments in the second half of the book by analyzing three “nobrow” works: Gregory Geller rated it really liked it Oct 07, Anton marked it as to-read Oct 05, This book is not yet featured on Listopia.