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On Kitsch and Sentimentality

Robert C. Solomon

in In Defense of Sentimentality

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195145502
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834969 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019514550X.003.0011
 On Kitsch and Sentimentality

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Finally, I return to the theme of sentimentality with a particular focus on art and what is often called “kitsch” I ask, as I did for sentimentality in general, What's wrong with kitsch? And I defend it, as I did for sentimentality, by suggesting that the attacks on kitsch are often not what they seem to be.

Keywords: kitsch; sentimentality; sweet kitsch; bad art; cheap art; emotions; Moral Sentiment Theory; Milan Kundera; Adolph Bouguereau; Degas; expressions of emotion; manipulating emotions; false emotions; self-indulgence; superficiality

Chapter.  9631 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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