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Gone with the Wind an inspiration for the American avant-garde? Mickey Mouse a crucial source for the development of cutting-edge intellectual and aesthetic ideas? As Greg Taylor shows in this witty and provocative book, the idea is not so far-fetched. One of the first-ever studies of American film criticism, Artists in the Audience shows that film critics, beginning in the 1940s, turned to the movies as raw material to be molded into a more radical modernism than that offered by any other contemporary artists or thinkers. In doing so, they offered readers a vanguard alternative that reshaped postwar American culture: nonaesthetic mass culture reconceived and refashioned into rich, personally relevant art by the attuned, creative spectator.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691089553
ISBN-10: 0691089558
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 6-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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