Middlebrow Literary Cultures

The Battle of the Brows, 1920–1960

  • Erica Brown
  • Mary Grover

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Middlebrow Matters

    1. Erica Brown, Mary Grover
      Pages 1-21
  3. Cultural Contexts

  4. Taste-Makers and Print Cultures

  5. Categorization and Valuation

  6. Afterword

    1. Faye Hammill
      Pages 231-233
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 234-244

About this book


The literary 'middle ground', once dismissed by academia as insignificant, is the site of powerful anxieties about cultural authority that continue to this day. In short, the middlebrow matters . These essays examine the prejudices and aspirations at work in the 'battle of the brows', and show that cultural value is always relative and situational.


aesthetics America Autorschaft culture novel realism Visual Culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Erica Brown
    • 1
  • Mary Grover
    • 1
  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversityUK

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