Carolyn Korsmeyer

in Savoring Disgust

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

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This chapter explores one theme: the eviscerated human heart. The motif of the heart appears in works that range from kitsch to horror, and it is so familiar that oddities of its usage may go unnoticed. While an organ wrenched from a human body is a standard disgust elicitor, the heart is also endowed with deep and enduring meanings that might appear to counteract disgust. This chapter argues for a continuity among the different uses of the heart and present examples that demonstrate the intimate, visceral apprehension of disgust and the depth of meaning that this emotion distinctively contributes to aesthetic encounters. Supporting examples include stories, movies, television shows, sculpture, and incidents from the historical record.

Keywords: heart; evisceration; kitsch; horror; valentines; Boccaccio

Chapter.  8546 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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