Following a recent conversation with a literature critic, who seemed to be hell-bent on destroying "popular literature" (as in, 'only Proust and Tolstoy are worth reading - Helen Fielding is a "pop evil"'), I started wondering where snobbery came from - and are snobs always experts, or do they simply assume/pretend they are?
This was an interesting article, especially the last quote:
"Latham regards the snobbery that emerged from and still clings to modernism not as an unfortunate by-product of aesthetic innovation, but as an ongoing problem of cultural production. Drawing on the tools and insights of literary sociology and cultural studies, he traces the nineteenth-century origins of the ‘snob,’ then explores the ways in which modernist authors developed their own snobbery as a means of coming to critical consciousness regarding the connections among social, economic, and cultural capital. The result, Latham asserts, is a modernism directly engaged with the cultural marketplace yet deeply conflicted about the terms of its success."