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Modern novels, modern paintings and sculpture are replete with grotesque features. In this modern classic of criticism, Wolfgang Kayser traces the historical . The grotesque is one of the most obvious forms art may take to pierce the veil of familiarity Also, for some (like Kayser), the grotesque proper is full of demonic. Modern novels, modern paintings and sculpture are replete with grotesque Wolfgang Kayser traces the historical development of the grotesque from the Italian.

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Sean rated it really liked it Dec 24, Be the first to add this to a list. Want to Read saving…. Rather than contrast the grotesque to the sublimemodern theorists concerned themselves with distinguishing it from similar terms such as the horrific by highlighting the inherent contrastive dimensionality of the grotesque on the one hand with the self-contained and unambiguous related terms on the other.

Lewis, as well as in the following categories: KGL rated it it was amazing Sep 17, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Isabelle rated it it was amazing Apr 26, For subsequent critics such as Geoffrey Harpham, the primary task was one of delimitation that separated the grotesque from related terms that might pollute a pure definition of an inherently ambiguous concept.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. New York, Columbia University Press, Kayser’s descriptions lack the comic side of grotesque almost completely, but otherwise his views fel An interesting book about the history and traditions of grotesque.


Peter Dobey rated it liked it Jun 09, Preface de Cromwell and Hernani. An Anthologyed. Trivia About The Grotesque in Refresh and try again. Skip to content Skip to search. Demi rated it it was amazing Aug 12, Login to add to list.

Princeton University Press, Not a book I would There are parts of this book that are brilliantly illuminating, but other parts are like trudging through ankle deep mud. In their broader underlying intention, however, they serve kayer a cogent reminder of the implications of the grotesque, by its very definition or lack thereof beyond its own boundaries.

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Paul Cornelius rated it it was amazing Mar 03, As a quality of media the grotesque has proven grotesqke susceptible to the conceptual fluctuations of history. Includes bibliographical references and index. Reynolds Roberto Kutcher W. Such a reevaluation facilitates a comprehensive assessment of the role of the grotesque in history, so that Mikhail Bakhtin can objectively identify the grotesque in its modern manifestation in medieval carnivals, which he argues enacted the fundamentally grotesque inversion of reality by temporarily flipping a closed, hierarchical society into a leveled, democratic world of potential and involvement, although the enactors of such spectacles may not have identified themselves as participants in the grotesque at the time.

The Grotesque in Art and Literature

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Peter Fingesten approaches a theory of the grotesque distinct from historical limitations in his philosophy of necessary theoretical unity, which is that for a cultural product to be truly grotesque it must embody both grotesque concept and grotesque form. Columbia University Press,c Rather than focusing on the contrast between the grotesque and other qualifiers, however, they preferred to elucidate the grotesque as itself an embodiment of subservient contrastive elements, usually the horrific and the ludicrous.

I found Kayser’s almost psychological view of the grotesque quite surprising: