Title

Storyline and the multicultural middlebrow: Reading women's culture on national public radio

Authors

Lisa Henderson

Publication Date

1999

Journal or Book Title

Critical Studies in Mass Communication

Abstract

This essay considers how cultural material is connected to political and cultural dialogue in public. It is based on a field study of the making of Storyline, a call‐in radio program for readers of women's literature jointly launched by WHYY‐FM (Philadelphia's NPR affiliate) and state humanities agencies in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. The essay is particularly interested in articulating the multicultural middlebrow as a structure of feeling and in tracking the development of progressive politics in so institutionally bound a project. In the encounter between the genteel tradition of radio book talk, the humanities academy, the depoliticized discourse of media professionalism, and the explicitly multicultural sensibility to which Storyline's developers and producers appealed, how are feminist politics and progressive discourses of socio‐cultural difference articulated?

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1080/15295039909367099

Volume

16

Pages

329-349

Issue

3

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