Michael Denning

Michael Denning is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of American Studies at Yale University, and the co-director of Yale’s Initiative on Labor and Culture. He is the author of Culture in the Age of Three Worlds; The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century; Mechanic Accents: Dime Novels and Working-Class Culture in Americaand Cover Stories: Narrative and Ideology in the British Spy Thriller. He coordinates the Working Group on Globalization and Culture, whose collective work includes “Going into Debt,” published online in Social Text’s Periscope, and “Spaces and Times of Occupation,” published in Transforming Anthropology. In 2014, he received the Bode-Pearson lifetime achievement award from the American Studies Association.


  • Listening to Noise Uprising: A playlist and discography

    Michael Denning's Noise Uprising—out tomorrow—offers a radical new reading of the cultural revolution that developed in the half-decade following the 1925 advent of electrical audio recording. These years saw the development and consolidation of a wide range of new musical idioms in port cities across the globe, including Havana's son, Rio’s samba, New Orleans’ jazz, Buenos Aires’ tango, Seville’s flamenco, Cairo’s tarab, Johannesburg’s marabi, Jakarta’s kroncong, and Honolulu’s hula. Below, Denning has assembled a selected discography for the book and an accompanying Spotify playlist.

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