On "Vulgar Exhibition": Hazlitt, "The Fight" and the Pornography of Popularity
McCutcheon, Mark A.
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This essay pursues Hazlitt as a case in Cultural Studies historiography by reading his 1822 essay "The Fight" as a contribution to the historical emergence of the discourse of "popular culture" as a class-inflected euphemism for pornography. This approach also addresses the popular cultural preoccupations of contemporary criticism on the essay.