Pop Art and the Contest over American Culture

Pop Art and the Contest over American Culture

by Sara Doris


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107692909
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Pages: 313
Product dimensions: 6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Sara Doris is assistant professor of contemporary art at the University of Memphis.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 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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