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On Kitsch and Sentimentality

Robert C. Solomon

in In Defense of Sentimentality

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780195145502
eISBN:
9780199834969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514550X.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Finally, I return to the theme of sentimentality with a particular focus on art and what is often called “kitsch” I ask, as I did for sentimentality in general, What's wrong with kitsch? And I defend ... More


Europa and the Bull: Sex, Society, and Politics

Theodore Ziolkowski

in Minos and the Moderns: Cretan Myth in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195336917
eISBN:
9780199868353
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336917.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter investigates how the tale of Europa and the bull—in poetry, drama, and art, but also in cartoons, advertising, and currency—was initially seized upon by artists around the turn of the ... More


Kitsch, Sacred and Profane: The Question of Quality

Frank Burch Brown

in Good Taste, Bad Taste, & Christian Taste: Aesthetics in Religious Life

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195158724
eISBN:
9780199849567
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158724.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter looks into how an artistic expression of thirst for God through kitsch would entail quality and it also examines the standards to be used in such an evaluation. Quality is involved ... More


Challenging Kitsch Equality: William Gaddis’s and Elizabeth Bishop’s “Neo” Rear-Guard Art

Lisa Siraganian

in Modernism’s Other Work: The Art Object’s Political Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199796557
eISBN:
9780199932542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796557.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter considers changing conceptions of the art object when theorizations of framed, airless art enter the post-war era as adaptable and consumable “styles” competing with one another in the ... More


Reframing Decadence: C. P. Cavafy's Imaginary Portraits

Peter Jeffreys

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801447082
eISBN:
9781501701252
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801447082.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

During his sojourn in England during the 1870s, a young C. P. Cavafy found himself enthralled by the aesthetic movement of cosmopolitan London. It was during these years that he encountered the ... More


In Defense of Sentimentality

Robert C. Solomon

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780195145502
eISBN:
9780199834969
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514550X.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy has as much to do with feelings as it does with thoughts and thinking. It requires sensitivity and a kind of devotion as well as curiosity about the world and a critical spirit. It is a ... More


The Making and Unmaking of Francoist Kitsch Cinema: From Raza to Pan's Labyrinth

Alejandro Yarza

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780748699247
eISBN:
9781474444729
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699247.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In Fascist Spain, Francoism—like German and Italian fascism—produced its own particular brand of kitsch. Deploying religious and historical iconography drawn from Spain´s centuries-long struggle ... More


The Mignon Corpus: Preliminary Considerations

Terence Cave

in Mignon's Afterlives: Crossing Cultures from Goethe to the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199604807
eISBN:
9780191731624
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604807.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

A preliminary analysis of Mignon’s signature song ‘Kennst du das Land’ establishes a narrative and thematic point of departure for the study. A series of different methodological perspectives and ... More


Kitsch

Jason M. Wirth

in Commiserating With Devastated Things: Milan Kundera and the Entitlements of Thinking

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823268207
eISBN:
9780823272471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823268207.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Kitsch is one of the problems for which Kundera is best known, and it is an insight that he in part takes over from the remarkable writings of Hermann Broch. This chapter takes the latter’s ... More


Novel Idiocy

Jason M. Wirth

in Commiserating With Devastated Things: Milan Kundera and the Entitlements of Thinking

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823268207
eISBN:
9780823272471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823268207.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter continues the analysis from the prior chapter by considering the transformation of the figure of the idiot in the novel. It moves from Don Quixote to Prince Myshkin (in Dostoevsky’s ... More


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