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Published: 08 October 2015

224 Pages | 4 halftones


ISBN: 9780190201029

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Spoiled Distinctions

Aesthetics and the Ordinary in French Modernism

Hannah Freed-Thall

  • Engages French modernism's fascination with the quotidian through close readings of works by Proust and his literary heirs, Francis Ponge and Nathalie Sarraute
  • Argues that modernism's staged encounters with the ordinary can present "alternatives to the beautiful"
  • Identifies five experimental paradigms that spoil distinctions of taste: prestige, the quelconque ("whatever"), nuance, the awkward, and the douceâtre ("sickly sweet")