ABSTRACT

The cultural studies movement conceives of itself as a critique of aesthetics. It construes its history in terms of the need to transcend the limited conception of culture handed down by nineteenth-century aesthetics. And it formulates its project in terms of the expansion of this conception to include other departments of existence-the political, the economic, the popular-perhaps even "the way of life as a whole."1 The slogan of this project is the proposal to "politicize aesthetics."