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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.Read more
- 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 in her book Pop Art and the Contest over American Culture.” –Art & AntiquesSee more reviews
“Sara Doris’s Pop Art and the Contest over American Culture provides a compelling reevaluation 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: February 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107692909
- length: 313 pages
- dimensions: 253 x 177 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.77kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
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.
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