Imagining the popular in contemporary French culture

Edited by Diana Holmes and David Looseley

Imagining the popular in contemporary French culture

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7816-3
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: November 2012
  • BIC Category: Cultural Studies, Popular culture, Language teaching & learning, French, ART / History / Contemporary (1945-), SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture, FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / French, Society & social sciences / Popular culture


This groundbreaking book is about what 'popular culture' means in France, and how the term's shifting meanings have been negotiated and contested. It represents the first theoretically informed study of the way that popular culture is lived, imagined, fought over and negotiated in modern and contemporary France.

It covers a wide range of overarching concerns: the roles of state policy, the market, political ideologies, changing social contexts and new technologies in the construction of the popular. But it also provides a set of specific case studies showing how popular songs, stories, films, TV programmes and language styles have become indispensable elements of 'culture' in France. Deploying yet also rethinking a 'Cultural Studies' approach to the popular, the book therefore challenges dominant views of what French culture really means today.


...there is much here to attract and hold the reader's attention.The editors and authors are to be congratulated for the depth of critical expertise and the clarity of exposition that they bring to their coverage of both the topic as a whole and their particular areas of specialist knowledge. The book thus represents a significant addition to research on popular culture in
advanced societies and as such will be of interest to scholars outside the confines of French Studies.

"All in all, this volume is an excellent addition to our thinking about the ways in which popular culture in France has been conceptualized and materialized."
(Hugh Dauncey; French Studies: 2014)


Notes on Contributors
Diana Holmes and David Looseley
1. Politics and Pleasure: Inventing Popular Culture in Contemporary France
David Looseley
2. Authenticity and Appropriation: A Discursive History of French Popular Music
David Looseley
3. The Mimetic Prejudice: the Popular Novel in France
Diana Holmes
4. Why Popular Films are Popular : Identification, Imitation and Critical Mortification
David Platten
5. French Television: Negotiating the National Popular
Lucy Mazdon
6. Social and Linguistic Change in French: Does Popular Culture Mean Popular Language?
Nigel Armstrong
Diana Holmes and David Looseley


Diana Holmes is Professor of French at the University of Leeds|David Looseley is Emeritus Professor of Contemporary French Culture at the University of Leeds

Imagining the popular in contemporary French culture

Edited by Diana Holmes, David Looseley

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