Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 September 2012

256 Pages | 36 Illustrations, black & white, 5 Illustrations, colour

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719066153

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Cultural politics and taste

Ruth Holliday and Tracey Potts

Published by Manchester University Press

  • The first book to critically interrogate the definitions of kitsch and to expose what is at stake for kitsch lovers and haters when these definitions are deployed
  • A lively and lavishly illustrated exploration of what the authors call 'camp kitsch' and 'cool kitsch' as two competing affective orientations towards kitsch
  • Challenges existing work in this area by rejecting the idea that kitsch is a property of (substandard) objects and that those who enjoy kitsch have underdeveloped taste
  • Shows how matters of taste play out in the ways in which kitsch is used to make distinctions between those who do and don't have 'taste'
  • Required reading for anyone perplexed, disgusted or enthralled at the sight of a 'designer' garden gnome, Twin Towers snowglobe, or can of monogamy spray

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