The Middlebrow: with Ruth Franklin, Christine Smallwood, Jennifer Szalai and Christopher Beha

Wednesday 20 March, 2013
6:30pm, $0

New School, Lang Building
65 West 11 Street, Floor 5, Wollman Hall

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This symposium will examine the cultural phenomenon of the middlebrow. During the height of middlebrow culture—the postwar era of the Book-of-the-Month Club—critical mandarins made great fun of the cultural aspirations of middleclass Americans. But if, as many argue, we have since undergone a great cultural leveling, is that entirely for the good? Do we miss the middlebrow? Or does it still exist in theform of high end television and “accessible” literary fiction?

Discussion with literary critics Ruth Franklin, Christine Smallwood, and critic and editor Jennifer Szalai. Moderated by Christopher Beha, associate editor, Harper’sMagazine.

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