Review by Choice Review
A collection of essays on the following aspects of mass popular (rather than high or elitist) culture in France: advertising; comics; detective/mystery/spy fiction; editorial/political/gag cartoons; film; food and wine; leisure; love, men, and women; newspapers, magazines, feminine press; popular music; radio and television; science fiction; sports. The 13 chapter topics are listed because any group of subjects purporting to describe mass culture is both noncomprehensive and subjective by nature. The essays are good introductions to the topics: all describe both the historical development and current importance of the topic; all have extensive bibliographies, citing mostly works in French; most list research resources, such as specialized bibliographies and research centers. This work would be quite valuable for all general collections, given the paucity of materials in English. Its usefulness as a reference work is diminished, however, both by its lack of comprehensiveness and by the lack of subject entries in the index (nearly all entries are either names of individuals or titles). Recommended for all universities and for larger undergraduate reference departments.-P. W. Wilkin, University of Pittsburgh
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