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French Studies in and for the Twenty-first Century$
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Philippe Lane and Michael Worton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316555

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316692

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Popular Culture, the Final Frontier: How Far Should We Boldly Go?

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(p.184) 15 Popular Culture, the Final Frontier: How Far Should We Boldly Go?
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French Studies in and for the Twenty-first Century
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David Looseley

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316692.017

This chapter examines the place of contemporary popular culture in French Studies. It considers the reasons behind UK French Studies's absence of engagement with popular culture, and cites a semantic misunderstanding between French Studies and cultural studies. It also suggests that contemporary popular culture lies outside the comfort zone of French scholars. The implication of high-cultural excellence enshrined in the word ‘literature’ has made them chary of station-bookstall ‘fiction’. They have happily studied art-house cinema for years, but have not felt quite so comfortable with popular film.

Keywords:   French Studies, popular culture, higher education, UK, cultural studies, art-house cinema, popular film

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