Dwight Macdonald on Culture
The Happy Warrior of the Mind, Reconsidered
©2013 Monographs 147 Pages
Series: Katowice Interdisciplinary and Comparative Studies, Volume 3
Dwight Macdonald was the most prominent excoriator of mass culture in the 1950s and ’60s. Since that time his reputation has not fared well. Derided as elitist and passé, his tracts now represent everything wrong-headed about mid-century cultural criticism. Nonetheless, Macdonald remains relevant and deserves reconsideration. His detractors, though uncovering many of Macdonald’s failings, have in part misunderstood him, while the field of cultural studies has misclassified his essays in the radical rather than conservative tradition of criticism. Dwight Macdonald on Culture seeks to amend previous misconceptions, offering new perspectives on a figure who grappled with issues of culture that remain ever-pertinent.
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- 2013 (May)
- American mass culture American intellectual history Modernist art and literature Left-wing American politics
- Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 147 pp.