Taking Seinfeld Seriously: Modernism in Popular Culture

  title={Taking Seinfeld Seriously: Modernism in Popular Culture},
  author={Robert L. Hurd},
  journal={New Literary History},
  pages={761 - 776}
  • R. Hurd
  • Published 7 February 2007
  • Art
  • New Literary History
The strategies employed by the creators of the critically-acclaimed show Seinfeld to reinvent the American television sitcom bear a striking resemblance to those that Gustave Flaubert devised to reinvent the French novel in the mid-nineteenth century, following late French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu's account. Far from being some transnational, transmedial, and transepochal coincidence, the similarity of Flaubert's and Seinfeld's "refusals" of pre-existing and contemporary models of their… 

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