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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Isn’t it possible, for example, that elites suffered the indignities of mixed company only so long as they were forced to hoghbrow the economic realities of early American entertainment? A model of the engaged scholar throughout his life, Levine lived both his scholarship and his politics. Jul 28, Seth rated it liked it.

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Cultural space was more sharply defined and less flexible than it had been. The consequences of fiddling with Shakespeare? An important touchstone book in culture studies. Apr 25, Rokas Kucinskas rated it really liked it. Fascinating stories on American cultural life in the 19th century, specifically on how a very broad audience enjoyed areas of culture that we would now classify as strictly highbrow: That is to lowbroa, an elite sincerely desires to enforce and expand the reach of its culture.

In the early nineteenth century, Shakespeare productions often looked like vaudeville, and higubrow was frequently translated into English with altered endings! They saw museums and libraries as repositories of privileged knowledge, not platforms for democratizing knowledge. The more difficult Reviews task is explaining why lebine bifurcation occurred.


hihgbrow Oxford University Press, The format is simple and clear. 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. PaperbackFirst paperback editionpages.

In his third chapter, “Order, Hierarchy, and Culture,” he walks a fine line: Published September 1st by Harvard University Press first published The Civil War 3. Next book is about Beethoven, so I’ll be getting familiar with at least one of his works as well.

Oct 24, Kristin rated it liked it. Most reviewer’s of this monograph do not mention the fact that the author is arguing with Allen Bloom about the definition of art.

This desire for social control prompted the creation of new spaces and new codes of conduct that kept the broader public at a distance from opera, Shakespeare, and fine art. Lectures in American Studies.

To explain Shakespeare’s elevation, Levine focuses on the process by which audiences were segregated into separate spaces where they encountered different types of entertainment, a process that during the last decades of the century divorced Shakespeare from everyday culture. Dec 20, Kodiaksm rated it did not like it Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


And that’s quite a claim to make about a scholarly book. Helped shape the course of New Historicism in America. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.


As a former student, I can say he was better in person. Second, Levine suggests that an impervious boundary between high and low culture existed for most of the twentieth century.

Oct 21, Jerzy marked it as to-read Shelves: May 05, Heidi rated it really liked it Shelves: Norbert Elias who gets cited has pointed out how culture did, in fact, trickle lefine over the centuries in Europe. Open Preview See a Problem?


He argues that such hierarchies permit the few the educated to enter, while excluding the masses. I’ve never found his writing as engaging as his talks. 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. It’s hard to imagine that a riot, with the loss of twenty-two lives, could have been caused by an audience outraged by a Shakespearean actor’s style.