Kitsch!: Cultural Politics and Taste by Ruth HollidayKitsch!: Cultural Politics and Taste by Ruth Holliday

Kitsch!: Cultural Politics and Taste

byRuth Holliday, Tracey Potts

Paperback | September 1, 2012

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From bottle gardens, the bachelor pad and Batman to designer gnomes and monogamy spray, this book uses a diverse range of objects to explore the changing significance of kitsch. With its unique approach to its subject, Kitsch! Cultural politics and taste promises to advance debates in culturalstudies and sociology around taste, while providing an invaluable introduction for students and interested readers. Kitsch! examines how the idea of kitsch is mobilised - progressively, as bad taste, as camp and as cool - to inform notions of identity and sensibility. The figure of "kitsch man" - a degenerate with politically dubious taste - looms large in the extant biography of kitsch and is here shown to begendered, racialised and classed. Where most studies proceed from the kitsch object, this book takes the moment of aesthetic judgement as its starting point and attempts to identify the ideological work performed by the category itself, especially as kitsch enters a seemingly more casual phase ofits lifecourse. The book poses the strongest challenge to those who argue that taste is democratised in contemporary culture, offering ample evidence that judgements of taste have shifted ground rather than relaxed. Above all, the story of kitsch proposed by the authors is intended to disturb kitsch's reputation as the source of a ready-made sensibility and politics. Kitsch has a history and not, as it has been supposed, an essence and is consequently the site of love, hate, joy, exasperation, irony, nausea andall of the twisted possibilities between.
Ruth Holliday is Professor of Gender and Culture in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds. Tracey Potts is Lecturer in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham.
Title:Kitsch!: Cultural Politics and TasteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.39 × 5.39 × 0.59 inPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0719066166

ISBN - 13:9780719066160


Table of Contents

List of figures and plates * Acknowledgements * 1 Introduction * 2 Kitsch taste * 3 Kitsch man * 4 Camp kitsch * 5 Cool kitsch * 6 Disaster kitsch * 7 Conclusion * Bibliography * Index