Swirski begins with a series of groundbreaking questions about the nature of popular fiction, vindicating it as an artform that expresses and reflects the aesth. From Lobrow to Nobrow demolishes the elite argument that popular fiction and crossover tours de force, From Lowbrow to Nobrow throws new light on the. Swirski then turns to three “nobrow” novels that have been largely ignored by crossover tours de force, From Lowbrow to Nobrow throws new light on the.

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Indeed, most Kongfu and romantic fictions teach positive values as well, such as integrity, valor, goodness, patriotism and nationalism, faithfulness, endurance, honesty, dignity and so on.

More rewarding chapters deal with the neglected genre writers mentioned above.

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Review “Swirski writes intelligently, quotescopiously, and approaches his themes passionately”. For readers who equate literature with the exploration of individualized worlds, there is something punishing about thriller prose. And the points he has made do solve our problems. All three, and many others mentioned and discussed in this book, are exemplary of the nobrow cultural formation which spans the twentieth century. Refresh and try again.

When Highbrow Meets Lowbrow: They are vehicles for plots and ideas, from which the reader gets an adrenaline rush and a late night wow! Dfunky1 rated it really liked it Nov 30, May 23, Bear rated it it was amazing.

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Suspicions about them have kept up ever since. I highly recommend this book – prepare to have a shift in your “brows”!


From Lowbrow fromm Nobrow will be widely enjoyed by both academics and the public, and will likely become an indispensable textbook in every classroom where literature is taught.

He holds that reading is a “matter of choice rather than cultural and ideological brainwashing” Trivia About From Lowbrow to N Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Today, popular fictions are still underrated popular as they are.

From Lowbrow to Nobrow. Lia Fenix marked it as to-read Jul 09, Comparing the two has been regarded as “mixing llowbrow and Sunkist oranges: In his work, Swirski challenges the highbrow vs lowbrow categorization of literary culture, and popular culture in general by focusing attention on what he terms the nobrow taste culture, whereby “authors simultaneously target both extremes of the literary spectrum”. Peter Swirski’s book Kowbrow Lowbrow to NoBrow is a compelling and ambitious work in the area of literature studies.

From Lowbrow to Nobrow. He proposes nobrow as a new analytic, pragmatic, and cultural category whereby “authors simultaneously target both extremes of the literary spectrum” Likewise, Lem goes as far as to subvert “not only the structural but the moral imperative of detective literature: By no means can this book cover all arguments and examples in terms of this debate, but it exerts a valiant effort to do so, and to change people’s minds.

From Lowbrow to Nobrow

In the end he seems to be claiming, somewhat truculently, that he loves these books, and people love these books, and no one should say that the authors are not worthy of the Nobel Prize. But why this myth? K marked it as to-read Jan 25, 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.


In this innovative book, Peter Swirski goes beyond demonstrating that “high-brow” has been transformed to “low-brow,” showing that nobrow art is the interactive factor in the relationship Swirski contends that while there are many books out there that don’t warrant said serious academic study, there are just as many that do, and should be examined through an academic framework.

Kamytheo rated it really liked it Jan 18, Hopefully, timely justice has been done to it by Swirski. Write a customer review. In my school years, every boy read Jin and every girl Qiong, but not without feeling guilty. To ask other readers questions about From Lowbrow to Nobrowplease sign up.

Anton marked it as to-read Oct 05, There is a great distinction in the halls of academia concerning what is studied and what is not, what is worthy and what is worth glossing over or not covering at all.

This time Swirski pushes forward with his study slowly but surely, towards making his points. Jiali Xie rated it it was amazing Oct 24,