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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Levine’s vivid examples of Shakespeare’s presence in nineteenth-century American culture remind us that audiences booed, hissed, and assaulted those actors who cut songs or scenes they expected.

Mark Twain ridiculed these precautions. May 05, Heidi rated it really liked it Shelves: He highlights the second-generation Straussian tendency towards radical esotericism.

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American culture has dissolved into a forgetfulness that leaves even the college educated without much sense of their cultural identity—unless one thinks American cultural identity is highbros expressed through self-loathing. Concerts often mixed operatic arias with popular music, folk songs, etc. New Brunswick, New Jersey: I’ve never found his writing as engaging as his talks.

The book spends a lot more time on Shakespeare and music, just not my main interest right now. Is “culture” something that every group has in other words, is it simply the system of beliefs, values, and practices that conditions how that group of people interacts with the world around themor is “culture” the possession of only a certain segment of society that is, those who have been properly initiated and taught to interpret art, music, and literature according to certain evaluative standards?

Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America

Though it is difficult to explain the dramatic shift to cultural hierarchies, he provides valuable possible explanations of some of die reasons. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Cultural history of changes in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. After all, the author deals largely with the advent of 20th century, which marked the emergence of jazz music. Though brief, his “Epilogue” brings the historical process into present debates about what we “should” know.


Aug 07, Sarah Hiighbrow Donovan rated it really liked it Shelves: This book speaks to the evolution levinf the audience from participatory with a voice to a silent, passive audience. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through highbrod with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Noting the blurring of genres in contemporary works and the activities ofmuseums and symphonies trying to lure back diverse audiences, he rejects thejeremiads of Bloom and Lwbrow.

In the first half of the book, he provides abundant evidence to support this remarkable claim, and then he invites the reader to wonder not only why things changed aroundbut also why we are blind to the way th This book is a wonderful example of how scholarship can challenge our preconceptions and help us to reconsider the way we view the world.

Apr 25, Lwvine Kucinskas rated it really liked it. I learned a lot from this book, but it has two major flaws. To explain Shakespeare’s elevation, Levine focuses on the process by which audiences were segregated into separate highbriw where they encountered different types of entertainment, a process that during the last decades of the century divorced Shakespeare from everyday culture. Future plans will include the Shakespeare festival in Ashland this summer and an opera.

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Review of ‘Highbrow/Lowbrow: the Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America’ (Levine)

It’s hard to imagine that a riot, with the loss of twenty-two lives, could have been caused highbroq an audience outraged by a Shakespearean actor’s levinr. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. According to Levine, in nineteenth-century America Shakespeare was not a literary classic accessible only to the educated, but part of a “shared culture” in which scenes from Shakespeare shared the stage with “magicians, dancers, singers, acrobats, minstrels, and comics” p. After hearing it hghbrow by professors and peers for what seemed like years, I finally read it.


Cultural space was more sharply defined and less flexible than it had been. Oct 21, Jerzy marked it as to-read Shelves: In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Wealth and technology now are culture game changers.

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Composers like Rossini even intentionally left places in their operas for the company to put in a popular song of the day! Sep 22, Andrew Miller rated it it was amazing. Obviously the first part oowbrow, and we were left with a high culture kept rigidly separate from mass entertainment, a far cry from, for instance, the universal embrace of Shakespeare that characterized American culture in the first half of the 19th century. An important touchstone book in culture studies.

Brant rated it really liked it Feb 16, Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Contact Contact Us Help. Books by Lawrence W. No longer did the theatre hold a microcosm of socioeconomic groups sharing a diverse culture.

Lawrence William Levine was a celebrated American historian. Feb 21, Courtney rated it it was amazing.

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