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What happens when Theodor Adorno, the champion of high, classical artists such as Beethoven, comes into contact with the music of Chuck Berry, the de facto king of rock ’n’ roll? In a series of readings and meditations, Robert Miklitsch investigates the postmodern nexus between elite and popular culture as it occurs in the audiovisual fields of film, music, and television—ranging from Gershwin to gangsta rap, Tarantino to Tongues Untied, Tony Soprano to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Miklitsch argues that the aim of critical theory in the new century will be to describe and explain these commodities in ever greater phenomenological detail without losing touch with those evaluative criteria that have historically sustained both Kulturkritik and classical aesthetics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Script
  2. pp. xvii-xxi
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  1. Introduction: Critical Theory, Popular Culture, Audiovisual Media
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. Part 1. Popular Music: Hi-Lo Fidelity
  2. p. 23
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  1. 1. Rock ‘n’ Theory: Cultural Studies, Autobiography, and the Death of Rock
  2. pp. 25-41
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  1. 2. Roll Over Adorno: Beethoven, Chuck Berry, and Popular Music in the Age of MP3
  2. pp. 43-59
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  1. Reprise. Beethoven’s Hair
  2. pp. 61-66
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  1. Part 2. Sound Film: Screen Theory and Audiovisuality
  2. p. 67
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  1. 3. The Suture Scenario: Audiovisuality and Post-Screen Theory
  2. pp. 69-89
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  1. 4. Audiophilia: Audiovisual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema in Jackie Brown
  2. pp. 91-119
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  1. Reprise: Alex’s “Lovely Ludwig van”and Marty McFly’s White Rock Minstrel Show
  2. pp. 121-131
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  1. Part 3. TV: Television, Telephilia, Televisuality
  2. p. 133
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  1. 5. Gen-X TV: Political-Libidinal Structures of Feeling in Melrose Place
  2. pp. 135-152
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  1. 6. Shot/Countershot: Sexuality, Psychoanalysis, and Postmodern Style in The Sopranos
  2. pp. 153-181
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  1. Reprise: Tony Soprano, Meet Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  2. pp. 183-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-232
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 233-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-262
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791481875
Related ISBN
9780791467336
MARC Record
OCLC
70182918
Pages
284
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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