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Published: 01 May 2018

224 Pages | 4 halftones

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9780190887391

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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 douce√Ętre ("sickly sweet")