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Savoring DisgustThe Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics$
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Carolyn Korsmeyer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199756940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756940.001.0001

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Varieties of Aesthetic Disgust

Varieties of Aesthetic Disgust

(p.87) 4 Varieties of Aesthetic Disgust
Savoring Disgust

Carolyn Korsmeyer (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Much contemporary art is notorious for its deliberate arousal of disgust, but the phenomenon is hardly new, and the artworks this chapter considers span centuries, genres, and media. Literature, paintings, movies, performance—all present examples in which disgust is provocatively evoked. Sometimes the disgust aroused by art remains an aversion, as with the recoil inspired by horror movies. Other times disgust rivets attention and invites savor of repulsive qualities. The chapter reviews a range of works of art including feminist painting and war narratives, as well as other examples that demonstrate the huge range of appreciative responses that employ disgust. The diversity of forms of aesthetic disgust sustains the book's thesis that no single account of the “enjoyment” of disgust will suffice to explain all cases.

Keywords:   disgust in art, feminist art, horror movies, literature, poetry, sculpture, painting

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