Represents the first theoretically informed study of the way that popular culture is lived, imagined, fought over and negotiated in modern and contemporary France.
This groundbreaking book is about what 'popular culture' means in France, and how the term's shifting meanings have been negotiated and contested. It represents the first theoretically informed study of the way that popular culture is lived, imagined, fought over and negotiated in modern and contemporary France.It covers a wide range of overarching concerns: the roles of state policy, the market, political ideologies, changing social contexts and new technologies in the construction of the popular. But it also provides a set of specific case studies showing how popular songs, stories, films, TV programmes and language styles have become indispensable elements of 'culture' in France. Deploying yet also rethinking a 'Cultural Studies' approach to the popular, the book therefore challenges dominant views of what French culture really means today. -- .
Table of Contents
Figures and table vi
Notes on contributors vii
Introduction. Imagining the popular: highbrow, 1 (15)
1 Politics and pleasure: inventing popular 16 (31)
culture in contemporary France
2 Authenticity and appropriation: a discursive 47 (38)
history of French popular music
3 The mimetic prejudice: the popular novel in 85 (38)
4 Why popular films are popular: 123(39)
identification, imitation and critical
5 French television: negotiating the national 162(32)
6 Social and linguistic change in French: does 194(36)
popular culture mean popular language?