- Contains first-rate, original essays that analyze the role of aesthetics in American and British cultural studies, and reflect on its recuperation in the field.
- Contributors are leading scholars, internationally based.
- Includes substantial introductory material by the editor.
Introduction: Engaging the Aesthetic (Michael Berube).
1 The Role of Aesthetics in Cultural Studies (Rita Felski).
2 On Literature in Cultural Studies (John Frow).
3 Excessive Practices: Aesthetics, Erotica, and Cultural Studies (Jane Juffer).
4 The Burden of Culture (Jonathan Sterne).
5 Cultural Studies and the Questions of Pleasure and Value (David Shumway).
6 "I Give It a 94. It's Got a Good Beat and You Can Dance to It": Valuing Popular Music (David Sanjek).
7 Cultural Studies and the New Belletrism (Barry Faulk).
8 Beauty on My Mind: Reading Literature in an Age of Cultural Studies (Irene Kacandes).
9 Inventing Culture (Behind the Garage Door) (Steven Rubio).
10 The Cringe Factor (Laura Kipnis).