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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


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


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


Neurology of Visual Aesthetics: Indian nymphs, modern art, and sexy beaks

Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Elizabeth Seckel

in Aesthetic Science: Connecting Minds, Brains, and Experience

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199732142
eISBN:
9780199918485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732142.003.0086
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

We suggest that there are "aesthetic universals" analogous to Chomskyan deep structure for language and present several "laws" of aesthetics - some old and some new. We argue that for each law three ... 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


Hearts

Carolyn Korsmeyer

in Savoring Disgust: The Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199756940
eISBN:
9780199895212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756940.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter explores one theme: the eviscerated human heart. The motif of the heart appears in works that range from kitsch to horror, and it is so familiar that oddities of its usage may go ... More


Tradition, Style, Nostalgia, and Kitsch

Alejandro L. Madrid

in Nor-tec Rifa!: Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195326376
eISBN:
9780199851652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326376.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter aims to identify the aesthetic criteria behind Nor-tec's appropriation of nortena, banda, and grupera traditions. It aims to discover which issue of class, race, ethnicity, and ... More


Communicating Democracy: or Shine, Perishing Republic

Eugene Halton

in The Great Brain Suck: And Other American Epiphanies

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226314655
eISBN:
9780226314679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226314679.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

When one looks at recent presidential elections, political symbolism appears to be so powerful in the United States as to have utterly annihilated politics. Not only has political discourse been ... More


The Petrified Tears of General Franco: Kitsch and Fascism in José Luis Sáenz de Heredia’s <i>Raza</i>

Alejandro Yarza

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

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780748699247
eISBN:
9781474444729
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699247.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Francoist kitsch aesthetic and its proximity to the realm of political power is best exemplified by the film Raza (Race, José Luis Sáenz de Heredia, 1941), whose screenplay was written, under a ... More


<i>Balada triste de trompeta</i>: Of Ghosts and Clowns

Alejandro Yarza

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

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780748699247
eISBN:
9781474444729
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699247.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines Balada triste de trompeta (The Last Circus, Alex de La Iglesia, 2010) nominated for fifteen Goya awards, the most prestigious Spanish film awards. Balada is a self-conscious ... More


Sounding Souvenirs

Alexander Rehding

in Music and Monumentality: Commemoration and Wonderment in Nineteenth Century Germany

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195385380
eISBN:
9780199852499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385380.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

As the town of Weimar prepared to celebrate Goethe’s birthday, Franz Liszt came up with several new compositions that included Tasso, “Mehr Licht,” and other arrangements for a four-part male-choir, ... More


Infinite Hospitality and the Redemption of Kitsch

Gavin Hopps

in Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture: Responses to the Work of David Brown

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199646821
eISBN:
9780191744853
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646821.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Religion and Society

This chapter is concerned with popular music and its significance for theology, in the light of David Brown's work on the subject in God and Grace of Body. The chapter begins with a consideration of ... More


Sex and Race, Russian Style

Richard Taruskin

in On Russian Music

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249790
eISBN:
9780520942806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249790.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter addresses the popular, albeit slightly conservative, notion that operas, in order to be fully comprehended, shall have to be dissociated from realms of conventional morality. This has ... More


Kitsch

Ian Bogost

in How to Do Things With Videogames

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676460
eISBN:
9781452947617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676460.003.0013
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Kitsch is the kind of art that urges overt sentimentality, focusing on the overt application of convention, and without particular originality. This chapter considers Ferry Halim’s online web games ... More


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