Author and educator Ray Browne combined interests in folklore, literature, and American Studies into a groundbreaking approach to the study of the humanities and social sciences, a field which eventually came to be known as Popular Culture Studies. In addition to co-founding both the Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of American Culture, Browne wrote and published more than 80 articles and book chapters and eight books, and edited almost 50 other book-length volumes. This collection features his key culture studies writings from a decades-long academic career. It includes some of Browne's most influential and notable scholarship, along with previously unpublished work, corrected pieces, and "new" articles edited from multiple sources.
The late Ray B. Browne (1922-2009) edited the Journal of Popular Culture, served as an officer of the Popular Culture Association and wrote prolifically on the subject. He was the founding chair of the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. Ben Urish is a culturologist specializing in mass media, popular culture, and humor studies. The author of several books, he was one of the last students Ray Browne taught before retirement.