The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction

Popular US Novels, Modernism, and Form, 1945–75

  • Authors
  • Tom Perrin

About this book


During the Cold War, many popular American novels were labelled "middlebrow," leading to a general belief that these texts held less intellectual merit. Perrin debunks these unfair assumptions through works by James Michener, Harper Lee, and Leon Uris, arguing that such writers made a major contribution to the tradition of American literature.


aesthetics America Amerikanische Literatur fiction Modernism novel postmodernism Tradition

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