From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- "Both high and low culture have produced masterpieces and works of mediocrity. It is our task to find beauty in unexpected places."
The term nobrow is a postmodern neologism derived from highbrow and lowbrow. The term denotes intellectual discourse, cultural history and historiography which takes into account both high culture and low culture. The practice was influenced by French Annales School and such publications as Histoire de la vie privée. A good understanding of nobrow requires an analysis of what exactly is high and low culture. For this purpose, this wiki uses the chart 'low, middle and high culture' by American sociologist Herbert J. Gans.
Critical and commercial success
Where "body genres" intersect with "mind genres"
The term nobrow is derived from highbrow and lowbrow and first appeared in print in the late 1980s. Highbrow denotes a "person of superior intellect and taste," first attested in 1902. Lowbrow is a "person who is not intellectual" is also first attested 1902, said to have been coined by humorist Will Irwin. (source: Etymology online).
Nobrow filmmakers and films
Exploitation film presenter Kroger Babb purchased the American rights to Summer with Monika in 1956. To increase excitement for the film, he edited it down to sixty-two minutes and emphasized the film's nudity. Renaming the film Monika, the Story of a Bad Girl and connoting it to the bad girl movies tradition, he provided a good deal of suggestive promotional material, including postcards featuring the nude Andersson.
"Low culture" product The Simpsons' references highbrow culture.
- Camille Paglia: is firmly rooted in popular culture and links with literary theory
- Slavoj Žižek: uses popular culture to explain Lacan
- Peter Sloterdijk: uses the arse to explain an embodied philosophyin Critique of Cynical Reason
- Cross the Border — Close the Gap by Leslie Fiedler
- The Pornographic Imagination by Susan Sontag
French publisher Eric Losfeld published both high art (mainly surrealism) and low art books such as comic books, erotic books, etcetera.