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dc.contributor.authorSirkin, Jeffrey Stephen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T20:17:01Z
dc.date.available2016-03-21T20:17:01Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.isbn9780549369639
dc.identifier.other304776650
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10477/43150
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation draws together the history of recording technologies with theoretical discussions of art, music, and celebrity culture, and pairs these with literary explorations of music from the postwar era. Framed by discussions of Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, and Kurt Cobain, and set within the context of the post-aesthetic theories of Theodor Adorno, Martin Heidegger, Giorgio Agamben, and Jacques Attali, careful readings of the work of the poet Frank O'Hara and the novelist Don DeLillo demonstrate not only that our postwar literary writers were among the first to offer sophisticated theories of popular music and the cultural function of popular musicians, but that reading these writers through the frame of popular music can provide a unique perspective on what is often referred to as "postmodern" art, literature, and culture. In so doing, this dissertation finds that a perceived shift of "music" to "popular music" in the postwar period--a transition from music understood as ephemeral performance to music conceived as a mass-produced studio product--became a lens through which avant-garde writers and thinkers were able to understand a newly ubiquitous mass-media culture and, at the same time, to reconceive the role of art and literature as a socially transformative practice within postwar American culture more generally.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subjectCommunication and the arts
dc.subjectSocial sciences
dc.subjectLanguage
dc.subjectliterature and linguistics
dc.subjectO'Hara
dc.subjectFrank
dc.subjectDeLillo
dc.subjectDon
dc.subjectHoliday
dc.subjectBillie
dc.subjectPopular music
dc.subjectCelebrity
dc.subjectAvant-garde literature
dc.subjectDylan
dc.subjectBob
dc.subjectCobain
dc.subjectKurt
dc.subjectPostwar
dc.title"A song along the keyboard": Popular music and literature in postwar American culture
dc.typeDissertation/Thesis


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