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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?

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

David Looseley

Liverpool University Press

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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