Furrowed Middlebrow - Off the Beaten Page: Lesser-Known British Women Writers, 1910-1960

A blog focusing on British female writers, specifically those who have received little or no attention from academics, and discussion of the middlebrow in general.

'Drake is the king of middlebrow rap'

Olivia Craighead, NYULocal, 4 May 2016

When Did Audiences Stop Taking Stop Taking ‘Middlebrow’ Television Seriously?

Angelica Jade Bastién, The Vulture essays, 29 April 2016

'The Last Cult in West Marin: Midcult'

Charles Schulz, Point Reyes Light site, 31 March 2016

'Highbrow' and 'middlebrow' are irrelevant when it comes to which writing survives

 John Dale, The Conversation, 4 November 2015

Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow - Do These Kinds of Cultural Categories Mean Anything Anymore?

 Essays by Thomas Mallon and Pankaj Mishra debate this question in The New York Times, 29 July 2014.

The Squeeze on the Middlebrow: A Resurgence in Inequality and its Effects on Culture

 Article by A. O. Scott in The New York Times, 1 August 2014, which argues that social inequality is returning: 'The highbrows were co-opted or killed off by the middle, and the elitism they championed has been replaced by another kind, the kind that measures all value, cultural and otherwise, in money.'

'On "Middlebrow"'

The New Yorker, 10 February 2011. Describing Zadie Smith's column in Harper's as in the 'grand middlebrow tradition' prompts a discussion of the term middlebrow.

The Neglected Books Page

'Where forgotten books are remembered'

Literary Taste

A fascinating blog on following the reading list in Arnold Bennett's Literary Taste and How To Form It (1909; revised and reissued 1937)

Theorizing the Middlebrow

An interview with Nicola Humble, by Elke D'hoker. Interferences litteraires, November 2011.

Middlebrow and proud

Article subtitled: 'Experts say it's time to embrace middle-of-the-road tastes (so you can stop pretending to love opera!)'. Claire Coleman, Daily Mail, 1 August 2011.

Middlebrow: The taste that dare not speak its name

Devin Friedman, G.Q., June 2011.

British Women Novelists, 1910s-1960s: the 'middle-brows'

Lesley Hall's website details novelists in this category, and discusses who makes it in and who does not.

Rattling good reads

An article on the Readerships and Literary Cultures Special Collection 1900-1950, held at Sheffield Hallam University. Stephen McClarence, Yorkshire Post, 3 December 2010.

'Confessions of a Middlebrow Professor'

W. A. Pannapacker, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 October 2009


dovergreyreader's blog generated a debate about the term.

'Stuck in the middle with you: Between pop and pretension'

The Guardian musicblog examines popular music and middlebrow culture.

'The Henry Ford of Literature'

Rolf Potts, The Believer, Sept 2008

'Middlebrow, more than middling interest'

The Times covers the 'Investigating the Middlebrow' conference at Sheffield Hallam University.

Stephen McClarence, The Times, 23 June 2007

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