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Savoring Disgust: The Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics

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Disgust is among the strongest of aversions, characterized by involuntary physical recoil and even nausea. Yet paradoxically, disgusting objects can sometimes exert a grisly allure, and this emotion can constitute a positive, appreciative aesthetic response when exploited by works of art -- a phenomenon labelled here "aesthetic disgust." While the reactive, visceral qualit ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 17th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 9th 2011)
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Ryan Soucy
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Disgust is a fascinating emotion. It is visceral and immediate. One cannot reason one's way out of feeling it and its sudden emergence is automatic. It is in disgusts very nature to repel, to draw one away from its object; much like fear. However, Fear, unlike disgust, is repelling but it is not necessarily repulsive. We can fear and not be moved to look away, we can often cognitively bypass fear and even enjoy fear in cheap thrills or the experience of the sublime. Fear can be incorporated in a ...more
Madeline
This book is so interesting. I really appreciate the way Korsmeyer shows how far back the evocation of disgust goes in Western art, because I think there's a tacit assumption that it "really" is a "new" thing. It would make interesting reading alongside Siebers' "Disability Aesthetics" article.
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Dr. Carolyn C. Korsmeyer is Professor of Philosophy at the State Univesity of New York at Buffalo. Her chief research areas are aesthetics and emotion theory, and she writes in the areas of philosophy of art, feminist philosophy, and emotion theory.
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