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Lively and well written, Bread and Circuses analyzes theories that have treated mass culture as either a symptom or a cause of social decadence. Discussing many of the most influential and representative theories of mass culture, it ranges widely from Greek and Roman origins, through Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Ortega y Gasset, T. S. Eliot, and the theorists of the Frankfurt Institute, down to Marshall McLuhan and Daniel Bell. Brantlinger considers the many versions of negative classicism and shows how the belief in the historical inevitability of social decay—a belief today perpetuated by the mass media themselves—has become the dominant view of mass culture in our time. While not defending mass culture in its present form, Brantlinger argues that the view of culture implicit in negative classicism obscures the question of how the media can best be used to help achieve freedom and enlightenment on a truly democratic basis.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 9-16
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  1. 1. lntroduction: The Two Classicisms
  2. pp. 17-52
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  1. 2. The Classical Roots of the Mass Culture Debate
  2. pp. 53-81
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  1. 3. "The Opium of the People"
  2. pp. 82-112
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  1. 4. Some Nineteenth-Century Themes: Decadence, Masses, Empire, Gothic Revivals
  2. pp. 113-153
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  1. 5. Crowd Psychology and Freud's Model of Perpetual Decadence
  2. pp. 154-183
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  1. 6. Three Versions of Modern Classicism: Ortega, Eliot, Camus
  2. pp. 184-221
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  1. 7. The Dialectic of Enlightenment
  2. pp. 222-248
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  1. 8. Television: Spectacularity vs. McLuhanism
  2. pp. 249-277
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  1. 9. Conclusion: Toward Post-Industrial Society
  2. pp. 278-298
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 299-309
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501707643
Print ISBN
9780801493386
MARC Record
OCLC
648462447
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2016-08-23
Language
English
Open Access
Y
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