Imagining the popular in contemporary french culture

Imagining-popular014HOLMES Diana, LOOSELEY David

Imagining the popular in contemporary french culture

Manchester : Manchester University press, 2013, 254 p.

ISBN 978-0-7190-7816-3

FR 1633

Résumé éditeur :

This groundbreaking book is about what”popular culture” means in France, and how the term’s shifting meanings have been negotiated and contested. It is the first theoretically informed study of the way that popular culture is lived, imagined, fought over and negotiated in modern and contemporary France. Framed by an agenda-setting introduction and conclusion, chapters cover the public “invention” of popular culture ; music ; the novel ; film ; television and language.
This allows a broad range of overarching concerns to be explored, including the roles of the market, state policy, 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 but also interrogating Cultural studies approaches to the popular, the book challenges dominant views of what French culture really means today.
Emerging from the pioneering interdisciplinary work of the popular cultures research network, based at the University of Leeds, the book is written by some of the leading scholars in the field of French Cultural Studies. It addresses a wide, international readership in French Studies, Cultural and Media Studies, Cultural History, and disciplines well beyond. Its clarity of style ad its bilingual presentation of all French-language sources also make it a readable and valuable resource for undergraduates and postgraduates in a variety of disciplines.

Diana Holmes of professor of french at the University of Leeds.
David Looseley is Emeritus professor of contemporary french culture at the University of Leeds.

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