This book has been a standard text for cultural studies and the sociology of art since its first appearance in 1981. It provides a clear and useful overview of theories and studies which contribute to the project of a sociology of art, ranging from sociology to art history, literary theory, feminism and media studies.
This book has been a standard text for cultural studies and the sociology of art since its first appearance in 1981. It provides a clear and useful overview of theories and studies which contribute to the project of a sociology of art, ranging from sociology to art history, literary theory, feminism and media studies. The author also bridges the gap between European approaches and the American production of culture approach, and addresses the key questions of the role of the reader/viewer, the nature of authorship, and the possibility of cultural politics. The new edition contains an Afterword by the author.
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JANET WOLFF was born in Manchester. After working as a secretary and studying modern dance, she taught for many years at the University of Leeds. She is now resident in the United States, where she is Professor of Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. She is the author of several books on the sociology of art, including Aesthetics and the Sociology of Art and Feminine Sentences: Essays on Women and Culture.
Table of Contents
Preface.- Preface to the Second Edition.- Introduction.- Social Structure and Artistic Creativity.- The Social Production of Art.- Art as Ideology Aesthetic Autonomy and Cultural Politics Interpretation as Re-creation.- The Death of the Author.- Conclusion: Cultural Producer and Cultural Product.- Afterword to the Second Edition.- Notes and References.- Bibliography.- Index.
The Social Production of Art by Janet Wolff
Communications and Culture
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