Books

Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting #2020

Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting By Sianne Ngai Our Aesthetic Categories Zany Cute Interesting 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
  • Title: Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting
  • Author: Sianne Ngai
  • ISBN: 9780674046580
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting By Sianne Ngai 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 worldThe 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.
    Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting By Sianne Ngai
    • DOWNLOAD BOOK ↠ Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting - by Sianne Ngai
      359 Sianne Ngai
    • thumbnail Title: DOWNLOAD BOOK ↠ Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting - by Sianne Ngai
      Posted by:Sianne Ngai
      Published :2020-01-02T18:37:32+00:00

    About "Sianne Ngai"

    1. Sianne Ngai

      Sianne Ngai teaches American literature, specializing in twentieth century culture and theory, poetry, film studies, and feminist studies Her writing includes cultural criticism, such as Raw Matter A Poetics of Disgust, Stuplimity Shock and Boredom in Twentieth Century Aesthetics, and Jealous Schoolgirls, Single White Females, and Other Bad Examples Rethinking Gender and Envy At the same time, Prof Ngai is an experimental poet, and her books in this area include Criteria, My Novel, and Discredit Her current book projects include Ugly Feelings Literature, Affect, and Ideology.

    188 Comments

    1. As a work of scholarship and analysis, absolutely impeccable As a work of philosophical aesthetics, somewhat less so Nevertheless, a dramatic improvement over Ugly Feelings and a real breath of fresh air Reading a lot of work in literary and critical theory and in the stabs at philosophizing that occupy members of literature departments is a disheartening affair, generally speaking One often despairs Ngai is reason to cease despair she commands true respect and not mere tolerance How rare that i [...]


    2. Together with Ugly Feelings 2005 , this book demonstrates that Sianne Ngai is the most relevant, best read viewed critic working in contemporary aesthetics A feminist and Western Marxist, Ngai focuses on the downsides of the post theological culture celebrated in Manhattan, London, and the Left Bank in the 1960s and 1970s since it helped give rise to contemporary consumerism, which weakens first world people s aesthetic lives by habituating us to tepid forms of ambivalence and disavowal of socia [...]


    3. I was really looking forward to this after reading Ngai s previous book, Ugly Feelings On the whole, I found this an interesting book but not as fresh and acute as the previous one The first chapter of this book is a real tour de force, it s simply brilliant However, I wasn t so convinced by the following three chapters on the cute, the interesting and the zany which Ngai argues are our aesthetic categories The attempt to link these categories to a kind of diagnosis of contemporary capitalism is [...]


    4. compelling although marxist litcrit leaning analysis that urges us to put aside traditional aesthetic categories of the beautiful sublime and really their enlightenment hegemony baggage in favor of the minor affects that govern our most relevant aesthetic categories Also, brilliant dissection of the categories that she deems most relevant the zany , the cute , the interesting Northrop Fryish in her precision.


    5. The pieces on the zany were extremely thought provoking some other pieces were far afield from what I need out of the book, but that s not to critique the book on its own terms.



    6. We tell people we find works interesting when we want an opportunity to show them our evidence or to present support for our claims of value in a way capable of convincing them of their rightness In other words, we tell people we find works interesting when we want to do criticism Honestly, this was incredible interesting was, in my opinion, the most compelling chapter, but the examinations into the tense power dynamics of the cute and the often gendered, labor intensive non productive work of t [...]


    7. I ve got to page 52 in this book which is, not coincidentally, the end of the introduction It has been hard going so far but thought provoking I hadn t read any aesthetic theory before, unless Adorno s Minima Moralia counts That probably touches on aesthetics at various points I don t intend to go back to this book in the immediate future as the remaining 180 pages will doubtless take considerable time and concentration More importantly, someone has recalled it to the library, presumably because [...]



    8. Consider the roving provider of a household service whom Jim Carrey plays in the 1996 filmThe Cable Guy.




    Leave a Comment