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Our aesthetic categories : zany, cute, interesting

Author: Sianne Ngai
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The zany, the cute, and the interesting saturate postmodern culture. They dominate the look of its art and commodities as well as our discourse about the ambivalent feelings these objects often inspire. In this radiant study, Sianne Ngai offers a theory of the aesthetic categories that most people use to process the hypercommodified, mass-mediated, performance-driven world of late capitalism, treating them with the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sianne Ngai
ISBN: 9780674046580 0674046587 0674067185 9780674067189
OCLC Number: 781278951
Description: 333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The cuteness of the avant-garde --
Merely interesting --
The zany science.
Responsibility: Sianne Ngai.

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Ngai argues that three aesthetic categories usually considered of minor importance are crucial to understanding contemporary culture. The categories in question, the zany, the cute, and the Read more...

 
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