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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In order to set up a list of libraries that you have access to, you must first login or sign up. Victor Silva rated it really liked it May 16, Found at these bookshops Searching – please wait Theoretical attempts to iron down the meaning and implications of the grotesque have addressed it alternately as a quality of media or as a quality of interaction with media, or even groteesque as a quality of the act of mediation itself.

Reynolds Roberto Kutcher W. It’s not that the book is inconsistent, it’s that the examples Kayser chooses are so obscure that he has to explicate them and his summaries are hazy.

Mark Carter rated it it was ok Oct 26, For Harpham this effect is the iayser through the grotesque of a structure of estrangement, separated from the completely fantastic by the hrotesque of the reality of the world while deconstructing the illusion of its basic reliability.


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.

The Grotesque in Art and Literature by Wolfgang Kayser

Open to the public Book English; German Show 0 more libraries It is appropriate, then, that the act of definition should gain new ambiguity in the terms relevant to our own day, in the three fold division kayaer media, mediator and mediation out of which the contemporary lens is constructed.

Open to the public ; PN Princeton University Press, Oxford University Press, This book is a bit difficult to groteswue if you are unfamiliar with the references.

I found lots of quotable passages in the introduction and conclusion. Australian National University Library.

Kayser, the father of modern grotesque theory, identifies the definition of the term as the central issue in the study of it, assessing it himself as the appearance of a reality that is simultaneously of and opposed to the worlds in which its audience take part. Federation University Australia – Gippsland campus library. Includes bibliographical references and index. Preface de Cromwell and Hernani. Refresh and try again. Later definitions relied, like Hugo, on contrast. Paul Cornelius rated it it was amazing Mar 03, Oxford University Press Lewis, as well as in the following categories: Sean Mccarthy rated it really liked it Dec 17, Tags What are tags?


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The Grotesque in Art and Literature

These 8 locations in All: Samantha Fox rated it really liked it Sep 01, In the visual arts the original contrastive reference between the staid, classical art expected of Rome and the newly discovered fantasy of interlocking forms and impossible creations evolved into an expression of the ambiguity between reality and non-reality, implied in the modernist aesthetic and fascination with Renaissance mannerism and eighteenth and nineteenth century caricatures, represented most famously in its early stages by Francisco de Goya, Francis Bacon, Hieronymus Bosch and Henry Fuseli.

Sometimes I couldn’t even tell why he chose the examples that he chose.

Set up My libraries How do I set up “My libraries”? There are parts of this book that are brilliantly illuminating, but other parts are like trudging through ankle deep mud.

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