Attractive Aversions

Carolyn Korsmeyer

in Savoring Disgust

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756940
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895212 | DOI:
Attractive Aversions

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The theorists covered in the first chapter are for the most part contemporary, but disgust has a longer history to consider as well, which is the subject of Chapter 2. As aesthetic theory developed into its modern form in the eighteenth century, disgust was considered the single emotion excluded from a role in beautiful art that delivers aesthetic pleasure. Luminaries such as Kant, Lessing, and Mendelssohn concurred with the general consensus that arousal of disgust drives out positive aesthetic assessment. This chapter reviews the traditional critique of disgust as well as certain contemporary scholarship on the subject, specifically that of Menninghaus, setting the stage for the consideration of disgust as a mode of aesthetic apprehension.

Keywords: paradox of tragedy; eighteenth century aesthetics; paradox of fiction; negative emtions in art; Immanuel Kant; Moses Mendelssohn; Gotthold Lessing; Winfried Menninghaus

Chapter.  10045 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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