1st Edition

The Making of English Popular Culture

Edited By John Storey Copyright 2016
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Making of English Popular Culture provides an account of the making of popular culture in the nineteenth century.

    While a form of what we might describe as popular culture existed before this period, John Storey has assembled a collection that demonstrates how what we now think of as popular culture first emerged as a result of the enormous changes that accompanied the industrial revolution. Particularly significant are the technological changes that made the production of new forms of culture possible and the concentration of people in urban areas that created significant audiences for this new culture.

    Consisting of fourteen original chapters that cover diverse topics ranging from seaside holidays and the invention of Christmas tradition, to advertising, music and popular fiction, the collection aims to enhance our understanding of the relationship between culture and power, as explored through areas such as ‘race’, ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender. It also aims to encourage within cultural studies a renewed historical sense when engaging critically with popular culture by exploring the historical conditions surrounding the existence of popular texts and practices.

    Written in a highly accessible style The Making of English Popular Culture is an ideal text for undergraduates studying cultural and media studies, literary studies, cultural history and visual culture.

    Introduction: Making Popular Culture

    John Storey

    1 ‘The Man of Penetration and the Girl of Capacity’: Negotiating Power in Erotic Culture

    Jenny Skipp

    2 ‘But it’s more than a game. It’s an institution’: Cricket, Class and Victorian Britain’s Imperial Englishness

    Claire Westall

    3 Drivel for Dregs: Perceptions of Class, ‘Race’, and Gender in British Music Hall, 1850-1914

    Dave Huxley and David James

    4 Reading Historical Images: Class and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Photographs of Wigan of Pit-Brow Women

    Sarah Edge

    5 Inventing the Victorian Boy: S.O. Beeton’s in The Boy’s Own Magazine

    Jochen Petzold

    6 Accept no substitutions! Advertising, Gender and ‘Race’ in Constructions of the Consumer in the Nineteenth Century

    Allison Cavanagh

    7 Liminal Seaside? Working-Class Tourism in the 19th Century

    Robert Troschitz

    8 Shocking Readers: The Genres of Victorian Popular Fiction, the Classes, and the Book Market

    Ralf Schneider

    9 Picturing Adventure: Popular Fiction, Illustration and the British Empire, 1875-1914

    Ralph Crane and Lisa Fletcher

    10 ‘For the benefit of old boys, young boys, odd boys generally, and even girls’: The irresistible rise of the British comic, 1884-1900

    Robert Shail

    11 The Spectacle of Speech: Victorian Popular Lectures and Mass Print Culture

    Anne-Julia Zwierlein

    12 "You Ought To See my Phonograph": The visual wonder of recorded sound (1877-1900)

    Elodie A Roy

    13 Class and the invention of Tradition: the cases of Christmas, Football, and Folksong

    John Storey

    14 Capturing (not Catching) the Ripper: Constructing the Myth of Jack the Ripper in Nineteenth Century London

    John Paul Green


    John Storey is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, UK. He has published extensively in the field of cultural studies, including ten books, the most recent being the seventh edition of Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction (2015). His work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, German, Greek, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. He is also on editorial/advisory boards in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the USA, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Dresden, the University of Henan, the University of Vienna and the University of Wuhan.

    "The Making of English Popular Culture explores the complex dynamics that characterised the emergence of popular culture in the 19th century. With 14 articles on a vast range of popular cultural practices and an introduction that provides an up-to-date theoretical framework, Storey once again succeeds in presenting a fascinating book for academics, students and the general public alike."

    Thomas Kühn, Chair of British Cultural Studies, Institute of English and American Studies, TU Dresden

    "From music hall to seaside holidays, from boys’ comics to the phonograph: this book offers a series of fascinating and wide-ranging essays on the pre-history of our popular culture. In the best tradition of cultural studies, it is historically grounded and richly detailed but also full of contemporary political and cultural resonances." Joe Moran, Professor of English and Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University

    "It would be hard to do justice to a book of this breadth and depth in just a few words but it represents and excellent and wide-ranging collection of essays which result in a volume of great coherence. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the historical origins of an impressive range of popular cultural forms in Britain stemming from the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution. It also responds in an admirable way to Stuart Hall’s imperative to ‘always historicize’."

    David Walton, President of the Iberian Association of Cultural Studies and Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, University of Murcia