Democracy and the Arts

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Arthur M. Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, M. Richard Zinman
Cornell University Press, 1999 - Art - 220 pages
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Politics has taken a cultural turn in America, and the arts are at the center of today's culture wars. In this book, some of our most prominent cultural critics explore the relationships between culture and politics as played out in the world of novels, television, museums, and even fashion. The authors—John Simon, Greil Marcus, Arthur C. Danto, and other well-known commentators from across the political spectrum—examine the arts in their relation to democracy and consider whether and how they serve one another. The authors consider such topics as high and popular culture in democratic America; the relation of democracy to classical, jazz, and folk music; and the artistic potential of the most democratic of all arts, the movies. All of the essays are as entertaining as they are thoughtful.With its roots in popular sentiment, democracy will forever be entwined with art, a force that powerfully molds popular taste. Democracy and the Arts speaks elegantly to that relationship and reminds readers of its enduring importance.
 

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This intriguing collection of essays examines the arts as they exist in a democratic setting. Such distinguished contributors as John Simon, Stanley Crouch, Martha Bayles, and John Rockwell offer ... Read full review

Contents

Democracy and Culture
21
Modern Democracy and the Novel
42
Museums and the Thirsting Millions
57
Architecture and Democracy Democracy
73
Serious Music
92
Biues to Be Constitutional
105
The Old Weird America
117
Fashion and Democracy 150
130
How Not to Criticize Television
159
Postmodernism as a Democratic Aesthetic
172
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Arthur M. Melzer is professor of political science at Michigan State University, where he is also cofounder and codirector of the Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy.

M. Richard Zinman is University Distinguished Professor of Political Theory in James Madison College at Michigan State University.

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