Reading the Beatles: Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, and the Fab Four (Google eBook)

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Kenneth Womack, Todd F. Davis
SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 261 pages
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Despite the enormous amount of writing devoted to the Beatles during the last few decades, the bandís abiding intellectual and cultural significance has received scant attention. Using various modes of literary, musicological, and cultural criticism, the essays in Reading the Beatles firmly establish the Beatles as a locus of serious academic and cultural study. Exploring the groupís resounding impact on how we think about gender, popular culture, and the formal and poetic qualities of music, the contributors trace not only the literary and musicological qualities of selected Beatles songs but also the development of the Beatlesí artistry in their films and the ways in which the band has functioned as a cultural, historical, and economic product. In a poignant afterword, Jane Tompkins offers an autobiographical account of the ways in which the Beatles afforded her with the self-actualizing means to become less alienated from popular culture, gender expectations, and even herself during the early 1960s.
  

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Contents

1 I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together Bakhtin and the Beatles
9
Formal Structure in the Music of the Beatles
37
3 Love love love Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Selected Songs by the Beatles
55
The Beatles Exploration of Timbre
71
The Beatles on Film
97
Tomorrow Never Knows and the Coherence of the Impossible
111
Death Loss and the Crowd in Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
129
Postmodern Politics and the Beatles White Album
147
Tourism Pilgrimage and the Beatles
169
The Beatles Ideology and the Cultural Moment
183
Lennon McCartney and Museum Politics
197
I Want to Hold Your Hand
215
BIBLIOGRAPHY
221
CONTRIBUTORS
233
INDEX
237
Copyright

The Beatles and Questions of Mass and High Culture
161

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Page 14 - We were talking About the space between us all. And the people Who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion, Never glimpse the truth, Then it's far too late, when they pass away.

About the author (2012)

At the Pennsylvania State University at Altoona, Kenneth Womack is Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Todd F. Davis is Associate Professor of English. Together they authored The Critical Response to John Irving and Formalist Criticism and Reader-Response Theory, and edited Mapping the Ethical Turn: A Reader in Ethics, Culture, and Literary Theory. Davis is also the author of Kurt Vonnegutís Crusade; or, How a Postmodern Harlequin Preached a New Kind of Humanism, also published by SUNY Press.

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