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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Open Preview See a Problem? Victor Hugo, one of the first to posit a theory of the grotesque, did so in a primarily contrastive fashion that advocated the merit of the variety of the grotesque to the static monotony of the sublime. Kayser’s descriptions lack the comic side of grotesque almost completely, but otherwise his views fel An interesting book about the history and traditions of grotesque.

Columbia University Press,c Vanda Alexandre rated it really liked it Jun 16, 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 of media, mediator and mediation out of which the contemporary lens is constructed. Sometimes I couldn’t even tell why he chose the examples that he chose.

The Grotesque in Art and Literature

An extremely fascinating subject, kaysers’s study illuminates the entire etymologly, contexts and artistic implications of “the grotesque. Samantha Fox rated it really liked it Sep 01, Scott, Foresman and Company, If you don’t know the literature examples, the ideas are sometimes a bit kahser to follow, but the book was still very nice to read.

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University of South Australia Library. In this modern classic of criticism, Wolfgang Kayser traces the historical development of the grotesque from the Italian Reanissance which originated the word “grottesco” through the “chimeric” w The art of our own day shows a greater affinity to the grotesque than that of any other epoch.

The chief difficulty encountered in seeking to define the grotesque in its relation to media is—as can be attested to by every theoretician who has sought to do so since the sixteenth century conception of the term in its modern sense—that the grotesque is not an expression of norms, but rather what results from the transgression of them.

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We were unable to find this edition in any bookshop we are able to search. Rather than contrast the grotesque to the sublimemodern theorists concerned themselves with distinguishing it from similar terms such as the horrific by highlighting the inherent contrastive dimensionality of the grotesque on the one hand with the self-contained and unambiguous related terms on kayaer other.

Gabriela rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Strategies of Contradiction in Art and Literature. Includes bibliographical references and index. But when he’s talking theory or history, he can be very inspiring.


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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.

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Sean Mccarthy rated it really liked it Dec 17, 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.

Later definitions relied, like Hugo, on contrast. Australian National University Library. There are parts of this book that are brilliantly illuminating, but other parts are like trudging through ankle deep mud. Indeed, the very interdisciplinary confusion with which grotesque theory struggles seems predisposed to the modern semiotic theories of Pierce11 and Schapiro.

The recognition of the grotesque as a phenomenon particularly arelevant to modernism has been common to writers from Victor Hugo on, but with an increasing emphasis on the ambiguity and the dissolution of reality in the modern day.