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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
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Sianne Ngai
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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."--Jacket
Summary
In this unique study, which focuses on unexplored aesthetic aspects, Ngai (English, Stanford U.) proposes a theory of aesthetic categories of the zany, cute, and interesting. She argues that these categories are ideal for considering how aesthetic experience has been transformed by the hypercommodified, information-saturated, and performance-driven conditions of late capitalism, and demonstrates how they reflect the ways contemporary individuals work, exchange, and consume. She explains how zaniness is a performance aesthetic that involves artful play and affective labor, how the interesting is about difference in the form of information and the routes of its movement and exchange, and how the cute aesthetic is a commodity involving feelings ranging from tenderness to an aggression to protect, elucidating how they are linked to representational practices across different media and specific genres and forms. She approaches these categories as subjective, feeling-based judgments and objective or formal styles, discussing the cute in terms of post-imagist poetry, the interesting in terms of 1960s conceptual art, and zaniness in films and television shows, using the theories of Adorno, Schlegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and others. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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DLC
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Ngai, Sianne
Dewey number
111/.85
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BH201
LC item number
.N485 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Aesthetics, Modern
  • Aesthetics, Modern
  • Postmodernism
  • Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
  • Categories (Philosophy)
  • Aesthetics, Modern
  • Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
  • Categories (Philosophy)
  • Postmodernism
  • Esthetica
  • Populaire cultuur
Target audience
adult
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zany, cute, interesting
Label
Our aesthetic categories : zany, cute, interesting, Sianne Ngai
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The cuteness of the avant-garde -- Merely interesting -- The zany science
Control code
1053854
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
333 pages
Isbn
9780674046580
Lccn
2012009391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674046580
  • (OCoLC)781278951
Label
Our aesthetic categories : zany, cute, interesting, Sianne Ngai
Publication
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
1053854
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
333 pages
Isbn
9780674046580
Lccn
2012009391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674046580
  • (OCoLC)781278951

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