Unpopular Culture

Edited by Martin Lüthe and Sascha Pöhlmann

Unpopular Culture

Edited by Martin Lüthe and Sascha Pöhlmann

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

340 pages | 1 line art | 6 x 9
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9789089649669 Published February 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This volume introduces a new concept, one that boldly breaks through the traditional dichotomy of high and low culture while offering a fresh approach to both: unpopular culture. From the works of David Foster Wallace and Ernest Hemingway to fanfiction and The Simpsons, from natural disasters to 9/11 and beyond, the essays find the unpopular across media and genres, analyzing the politics and aesthetics of a side to culture that has been overlooked by previous theories and methods in cultural studies.
Contents
Introduction
What is Unpopular Culture?
Martin Lüthe & Sascha Pöhlmann
 
Why We Talk the Talk We Talk
On the Emptiness of Terms, the Processual Un/Popular, and Benefits of Distinction—Some Auto-Ethnographical Remarks
Martin Butler
 
Big Fish
On the Relative Popularity of Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway
Dominika Ferens
 
How (Not) to Make People Like You
The Anti-Popular Art of David Foster Wallace
James Dorson
 
Dissenting Commodities
Negotiations of (Un)popularity in Publications Critical of Post-9/11 U.S.-America
Elizabeth Kovach
 
Secrets, Lies and The Real Housewives
The Death of an (Un)Popular Genre
Dan Udy
 
Karaoke Americanism Gangnam Style
K-pop, Wonder Girls, and the Asian Unpopular
Jeroen de Kloet and Jaap Kooijman
 
‘When order is lost, time spits’
The Abject Unpopular Art of Genesis (Breyer) P-Orridge
Florian Zappe
 
‘Famous in a Small Town’
The Authenticity of Unpopularity in Contemporary Country Music
Christian Schmidt
 
Making Christianity Cool
Christian Pop Music’s Quest for Popularity
Bärbel Harju
 
Listening to Bad Music
White Power and (Un)Popular Culture
C. Richard King
 
Hipster Black Metal?
Deafheaven’s Sunbather and the Evolution of an (Un)popular Genre
Paola Ferrero
 
Unpopular Culture and the American Reception of Tinariwen
Barry Shank
 
Cultural Studies and the Un/Popular
How the Ass-Kicking Work of Steven Seagal May Wrist-Break Our Paradigms of Culture
Dietmar Meinel
 
Unpopular Sport Teams and the Social Psychology of ‘Anti-Fans’
Karsten Senkbeil
 
Popular, Unpopular
When First World War Museums Meet Facebook
Catherine Bouko
 
Unpopular American Natural Calamities and the Selectivity of Disaster Memory
Susanne Leikam
 
The Unpopular Profession?
Graduate Studies in the Humanities and the Genre of the ‘Thesis Hatement’
Sebastian M. Herrmann
 
Contributors
Index
 
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