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Pop Art and the Contest over American Culture

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  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107692909

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  • Pop Art and the Contest over American Culture examines the socially and aesthetically subversive character of pop art. Providing a historically contextualized reading of American pop art, Sara Doris locates the movement within the larger framework of the social, cultural and political transformations of the 1960s. She demonstrates how pop art's use of discredited mass-cultural imagery worked to challenge established social and cultural hierarchies. At the same time, its affinities with marginalized forms of taste - gay Camp and youth culture - allied it with the proto-political changes foreshadowing the radical politics that emerged late in the decade. Pop art's subversive critique of consumer culture also served as a crucial precedent for postmodernist practices. By analyzing pop art within the context of the broader social upheavals of the 1960s, this study establishes that it was both a significant participant in those transformations and that it profoundly shaped today's postmodern culture.

    • First full-scale scholarly re-evaluation of American Pop Art in the last eight years, bringing our understanding of the movement up to date
    • Provides the first historical accounting of Pop Art's role in the emergence of postmodernist culture
    • Broad cultural and historical contextualization will appeal to those interested in visual studies, cultural studies, American studies and history
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    'Sara Doris offers a lucid account of the social and cultural forces that accompanied the suburban boom and helped foster the emergence of new art forms …' Art and Antiques

    'Sara Doris's Pop Art and the Contest over American Culture provides a compelling re-evaluation of pop, especially in terms of how it - and the critical discourse surrounding it - embodied postwar anxieties.' American Studies

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    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107692909
    • length: 313 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 177 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The contest over culture, 1939–1966
    2. The perils of affluence: class, taste, and the culture explosions
    3. Pop art, pop culture, and the transformation of taste
    4. Pop art, pop fashion, and the 'Youthquake'
    5. Pop art, obsolescence, and camp.

  • Author

    Sara Doris, University of Memphis
    Sara Doris is assistant professor of contemporary art at the University of Memphis.

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