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Levine, Lawrence W. () Highbrow/Lowbrow: The. Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America. Cambridge,. MA: Harvard University Press. Every once in a . Highbrow/Lowbrow has ratings and 28 reviews. Jacques said: Levine brings to light the history behind the current cultural hierarchy that exists in America. Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in. America (review) According to Levine, in nineteenth-century America Shakespeare was not a.

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Chapters focus on Shakespeare’s popularity, theater and opera, symphonic music, and museums. I concentrated on Levine’s methodology as opposed to the content, in particular. Published September 1st by Harvard University Press first published Cultural space was more sharply defined, less flexible than it had been. Though brief, his “Epilogue” brings the historical process into present debates about what we “should” know.

Oct 21, Jerzy marked it as to-read Shelves: In his third chapter, “Order, Hierarchy, and Culture,” he walks a fine line: Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


The Civil War 3. Technological Change increasing the scale and scope of society, creating a chaotic urbanized mass where before were independent farmers more susceptible to cultural domination 4. If you digest enough of his plays, you’ll grow up big and strong intellectually like teacher. The last pages was extremely highbrlw and insightful and worthwhile. Oct 24, Kristin rated it liked it.


It helps me feel better about despising modern art, as Levine would suggest, it only exists to create distinguished groups-you’re not supposed to get it. He sees the current debate about university curricula and the canon as one between those “who ‘know’ what culture is and what it is not” and those who “believe that worthy, enduring culture is not the possession of any single group or genre or period” p.


With varied examples, Levine extends his analysis to other art forms: There is no more spitting tobacco juice on the gallery floors, to the disgust of all other visitors. They saw museums and libraries as repositories of privileged knowledge, not platforms for democratizing knowledge.

If you come away from this book with nothing more than an appreciation of the question and why it’s important, then you will have gained something valuable. This is pretty typical s cultural war stuff.

This book is good food for thought. Lectures in American Studies.

Mark Twain ridiculed these precautions. An excellent, fascinating, and often hilarious demonstration that the distinction between “highbrow” and “popular” culture in the United States is a creation of the order-obsessed later nineteenth century. He highlights the second-generation Straussian tendency towards radical esotericism.

Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America by Lawrence W. Levine

Though it is difficult to explain the dramatic shift to cultural hierarchies, he provides valuable possible explanations of some of die reasons. He was born in Manhattan and died in Berkeley, California.

Norbert Elias who gets cited has pointed out how culture did, in fact, trickle down over the centuries in Europe. The prestige of symphony directors?

So then the real question becomes, what happened to America that led to a loss of elite confidence and authority? Along the way, you’ll be invited to think about the proper function of highgrow and libraries, and most importantly, you’ll be faced with the question: Although the author touch the subject of jazz very lowbroq only by the end of the study, to those who know about the placing of the music between two categories, the book will be of a huge interest and enlightenment.

Highbrow/Lowbrow — Lawrence W. Levine | Harvard University Press

This book was interesting in that it addressed culture in America in the 19th century and the segregation into ‘high culture’ and ‘low culture’. Aug 07, Sarah Funke Donovan rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a very interesting book about how we ended up with one “high culture” for educated or wealthy folks, and another “low culture” for the rest of us.


Too many of those who considered themselves educated and cultured lost for a significant period—and many have still not regained—their ability to discriminate independently, to sort things out for themselves and understand that simply because a form of expressive culture was widely accessible and highly popular it was not therefore necessarily devoid of any redeeming value or artistic merit.

An excellent, useful cultural history. The wrath of the gallery gods?

It jumps back and forth a little too much in time and subject, but the gradual collapse of an inter-class, unified American culture detailed here is almost heartbreaking.

But I have to give the book happy credit for providing me with this: Of course he’s right. Then how do you expect me to poke holes through the oil paintings! Turning their backs on the rest of society is, as Baltzell pointed out, a second-best option, or what they engage in after they discover they can no longer exercise public authority.

Lowwbrow are no discussion topics on this book yet. Wagner and Beethoven, for instance, were definitely what in cinema would be called an auteur they were very precise about how their work was being performed, had huge and temperamental egos, and were very critical of their audiences.

Oxford University Press, What do you consider highbrow or hoity-toity as it’s known in my house? Jun 16, sologdin rated levins it was ok Shelves: Books by Lawrence W. This book certainly reiterated the “how” of the division into high and low culture across a number of artistic fields without delving enough into the “why” for my taste.