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Our aesthetic categories : zany, cute, interesting

Author: Sianne Ngai
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015, cop. 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press paperback edView 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 the discourse about the ambivalent feelings these objects often inspire. In this 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 same  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sianne Ngai
ISBN: 0674088123 9780674088122
OCLC Number: 1005287704
Awards: Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Reference/Primary Source Work, Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association; James Russell Lowell Prize, Modern Language Association
Description: 333 str. : ilustr. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The cuteness of the avant-garde --
Merely interesting --
The zany science.
Responsibility: Sianne Ngai.
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A book of immense interest.--Benjamin Lytal"Daily Beast" (10/24/2012) [Ngai's] wide-ranging, synthetic approach is exactly the kind of criticism our ever-accreting culture deserves, and maybe even Read more...

 
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