When Highbrow Meets Lowbrow

Popular Culture and the Rise of Nobrow

  • Peter Swirski
  • Tero Eljas Vanhanen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Peter Swirski, Tero Eljas Vanhanen
    Pages 1-9
  3. Arthur Asa Berger
    Pages 11-28
  4. Peter Swirski
    Pages 29-52
  5. Beth Driscoll
    Pages 53-79
  6. Kenneth Krabbenhoft
    Pages 81-107
  7. Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
    Pages 109-130
  8. Nicholas Ruddick
    Pages 131-154
  9. Chris McAuliffe
    Pages 155-179
  10. David McAvoy
    Pages 181-205
  11. Tero Eljas Vanhanen
    Pages 207-233
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 235-271

About this book


This book examines nobrow, a cultural formation that intertwines art and entertainment into an identifiable creative force. In our eclectic and culturally turbocharged world, the binary of highbrow vs. lowbrow is incapable of doing justice to the complexity and artistry of cultural production. Until now, the historical power, aesthetic complexity, and social significance of nobrow “artertainment” have escaped analysis. This book rectifies this oversight. Smart, funny, and iconoclastic, it scrutinizes the many faces of nobrow, throwing surprising light on the hazards and rewards of traffic between high entertainment and genre art.


Culture wars Genre Canon Middlebrow American studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Swirski
    • 1
  • Tero Eljas Vanhanen
    • 2
  1. 1.Sun Yat-Sen University HONG KONGHong Kong
  2. 2.University of Helsinki HelsinkiFinland

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