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In Defense of Sentimentality$
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Robert C. Solomon

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195145502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/019514550X.001.0001

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On Kitsch and Sentimentality

On Kitsch and Sentimentality

(p.235) Eleven On Kitsch and Sentimentality
In Defense of Sentimentality

Robert C. Solomon

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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 it, as I did for sentimentality, by suggesting that the attacks on kitsch are often not what they seem to be.

Keywords:   kitsch, sentimentality, sweet kitsch, bad art, cheap art, emotions, Moral Sentiment Theory, Milan Kundera, Adolph Bouguereau, Degas, expressions of emotion, manipulating emotions, false emotions, self-indulgence, superficiality

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