Swirski begins with a series of groundbreaking questions about the nature of popular fiction, vindicating it as an artform that expresses and reflects the aesthetic and social values of its readers. He follows his insightful introduction to the socio-aesthetics of genre literature with a synthesis of the century long debate on the merits of popular fiction and a study of genre informed by analytic aesthetics and game theory. Swirski then turns to three "nobrow" novels that have been largely ignored by critics. Examining the aesthetics of "artertainment" in Karel Capek's War with the Newts, Raymond Chandler's Playback, and Stanislaw Lem's Chain of Chance, crossover tours de force, From Lowbrow to Nobrow throws new light on the hazards and rewards of nobrow traffic between popular forms and highbrow aesthetics.
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Peter Swirski is a Canadian scholar and literary critic featured in Canadian Who's Who. He is Amazon's #1 Bestseller in, among other categories, American Literary Criticism and in Canadian Literary Criticism. Specialist in American literature and culture as well as in popular culture studies, he is the author of seventeen award-winning books, including ArsAmericana, Ars Politica (2010), American Utopia and Social Engineering (2011), American Political Fictions:War on Errorism (2015), American Crime Fiction (2016), and When Highbrow Meets Lowbrow: Popular Culture and the Rise of Nobrow (2017).Review:
"Swirski writes intelligently, quotescopiously, and approaches his themes passionately". Montreal Review of Books
"Swirski begins with a series ofgroundbreaking questions about the nature of popular fiction, vindicating it asan art form that expresses and reflects the aesthetic and social values of itsreaders. He follows his insightful introduction to the socio-aesthetics ofgenre literature with a synthesis of the century-long debate on the merits ofpopular fiction and a study of genre." Review of International American Studies
"eye-opening must-readabout popular literature as art... the best study to date of the rise of thatnovel literary-cultural formation 'nobrow.'" Popular Culture Review
"This superb book will make all previous studies in popular culture moot... mustbe owned by all libraries and cultural studies scholars". Ray B. Browne
"bracing reproof to thosewho moan about the death of reading or the brain-rotting effects of readingonly popular fiction." The Guardian
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