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The Resource Our aesthetic categories : zany, cute, interesting, Sianne Ngai

Our aesthetic categories : zany, cute, interesting, Sianne Ngai

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Our aesthetic categories : zany, cute, interesting
Title
Our aesthetic categories
Title remainder
zany, cute, interesting
Statement of responsibility
Sianne Ngai
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 same seriousness philosophers have reserved for analysis of the beautiful and the sublime. Ngai explores how each of these aesthetic categories expresses conflicting feelings that connect to the ways in which postmodern subjects work, exchange, and consume. As a style of performing that takes the form of affective labor, the zany is bound up with production and engages our playfulness and our sense of desperation. The interesting is tied to the circulation of discourse and inspires interest but also boredom. The cute's involvement with consumption brings out feelings of tenderness and aggression simultaneously. At the deepest level, Ngai argues, these equivocal categories are about our complex relationship to performing, information, and commodities. Through readings of Adorno, Schlegel, and Nietzsche alongside cultural artifacts ranging from Bob Perelman's poetry to Ed Ruscha's photography books to the situation comedy of Lucille Ball, Ngai shows how these everyday aesthetic categories also provide traction to classic problems in aesthetic theory. The zany, cute, and interesting are not postmodernity's only meaningful aesthetic categories, Ngai argues, but the ones best suited for grasping the radical transformation of aesthetic experience and discourse under its conditions."--
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Ngai, Sianne
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Aesthetics, Modern
  • Aesthetics, Modern
  • Postmodernism
  • Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
  • Categories (Philosophy)
Label
Our aesthetic categories : zany, cute, interesting, Sianne Ngai
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The cuteness of the avant-garde -- Merely interesting -- The zany science
Control code
ocn906121545
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Harvard University Press paperback edition.
Extent
333 pages
Isbn
9780674046580
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)906121545
Label
Our aesthetic categories : zany, cute, interesting, Sianne Ngai
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The cuteness of the avant-garde -- Merely interesting -- The zany science
Control code
ocn906121545
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Harvard University Press paperback edition.
Extent
333 pages
Isbn
9780674046580
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)906121545

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