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Critiquing "La Vie Quotidienne": Contemporary Approaches to the Everyday

Critiquing "La Vie Quotidienne": Contemporary Approaches to the Everyday A N D R E W Michael Sheringham, Everyday Life: Theories and Practices from Surrealism to the Present. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. 437 pp. $125.00. n 2002, the cultural studies scholar Ben Highmore observed, "we are witnessing something of an academic boom in everyday life," and he was right.1 The concept of "everyday life" has indeed emerged as an important organizing principle and theoretical problem in literary and cultural studies, popular culture and media studies, sociology, and across the humanities in general. Recent years have seen the publication of Michael Gardiner 's Critiques of Everyday Life (2000) and Highmore's own Everyday Life and Cultural Theory (2002), two excellent overviews of the major theories of everyday life. In 2002, New Literary History devoted a special issue to everyday life, while at the same moment, a special issue of Cultural Critique (Fall 2002) had precisely the same focus. When an area of inquiry gets its own "Reader" you know it has truly arrived, so perhaps the most prominent sign that a field we might think of as "everyday life studies" is beginning to be consolidated is Routledge's 2002 publication of The Everyday Life Reader. Edited by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Literature University of Wisconsin Press

Critiquing "La Vie Quotidienne": Contemporary Approaches to the Everyday

Contemporary Literature , Volume 49 (3) – Jan 10, 2008

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A N D R E W Michael Sheringham, Everyday Life: Theories and Practices from Surrealism to the Present. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. 437 pp. $125.00. n 2002, the cultural studies scholar Ben Highmore observed, "we are witnessing something of an academic boom in everyday life," and he was right.1 The concept of "everyday life" has indeed emerged as an important organizing principle and theoretical problem in literary and cultural studies, popular culture and media studies, sociology, and across the humanities in general. Recent years have seen the publication of Michael Gardiner 's Critiques of Everyday Life (2000) and Highmore's own Everyday Life and Cultural Theory (2002), two excellent overviews of the major theories of everyday life. In 2002, New Literary History devoted a special issue to everyday life, while at the same moment, a special issue of Cultural Critique (Fall 2002) had precisely the same focus. When an area of inquiry gets its own "Reader" you know it has truly arrived, so perhaps the most prominent sign that a field we might think of as "everyday life studies" is beginning to be consolidated is Routledge's 2002 publication of The Everyday Life Reader. Edited by

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