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middlebrow

mod. middle-class; average or mediocre. (Between highbrow and lowbrow.) She has average middlebrow tastes and drives a midsized Chevrolet.
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In spectacular contrast, the eighty-three Canadian writers with whom Cowie corresponded comprise a significantly larger universe of Canadian print culture in the process of expanding, stimulated by a growing reading public, modernizing media, and emerging middlebrow tastes.
Their careers firmly established by the mid-twenties, Canfield and Cather were also--for no reason relating to intelligence, education, or imaginative depth--firmly placed on opposite sides of the literary divide between middlebrow and highbrow.
In a study of Brief Encounter, a strong intertextual presence in A Game of Hide and Seek, Richard Dyer places the 1945 film within a middlebrow 'cultural framework in which women spoke to women', (35) while Claire Hanson reads in 'the woman's novel' a similar process, which 'constructs its reader as feminine, interpellating her, in Althusser's phrase, calling on her to recognize a shared identity and shared knowledge'.
TAKING a best-selling middlebrow novel and turning it into a mainstream Hollywood movie used to be a dead cert for Oscar nominations.
Macdonald, whose 1960 Partisan Review article "Masscult and Midcult" is the best-known critique of middlebrow culture, asserted that "midcult" is more detrimental to society than mass culture: "It pretends to respect the standards of High Culture while in fact it waters them down and vulgarizes them.
Arising from a collaborative research project and taking a cross-cultural approach, this book focuses on six magazines (in English and in French) which are both similar in character and yet distinctive, in three primary contexts: current research on magazines, on travel, and on middlebrow culture, with the latter providing the theoretical framework.
Since her novelsAE re-publication in 1833 to the bicentenary of her birth in 1975, her persona changed as highbrow, middlebrow and lowbrow culture makers collectively remade her from a marketable author of domesticity to an apolitical Christian-spinster moralist, to an inspirer of womenAEs suffrage protesters, to a gender-role-bending demure rebel, to the hyperheterosexual creator of the sexiest fictional man alive.
Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture: Canadian Periodicals in English and French, 1925-1960.
This project will push Enlightenment studies in a new direction by moving beyond the present, narrow corpus of texts and models that dominate the field, and propose a new conceptual framework that takes as its starting-point the heuristic concept of middlebrow culture.
Went this morning to the Bowery's New Museum to groove on Cheryl Donegan's genius-y take on middlebrow design and on how gender gets fucked up when it collides with fabric.
Further, Niergarth's brief reference to middlebrow in the context of the United States does not do justice to the complexities of the category as a cultural formation.
Though the term is far from stable, middlebrow is generally used to describe books produced for a bourgeoisie that read for leisure but not frivolity, seeking the Arnoldian balance of edification and delight.
Virginia Woolf declared in an unsent letter to The New Statesman in October, 1932: "If any human being, man, woman, dog, cat or half-crushed worm dares call me middlebrow, I will take my pen and stab him dead.
The collaborative work of Faye Hammill (Professor of English, University of Strathclyde, UK) and Michelle Smith (Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, University of Strathclyde, UK), "Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture: Canadian Periodicals in English and French, 1925-1960" announces a new cross-cultural approach to periodical studies, reading both French- and English-language magazines in relation to an emerging transatlantic middlebrow culture.
Including postwar middlebrow publications in our analysis offers a more comprehensive picture of the changing discursive representation of Jews during the twentieth century.