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Cultural Approaches to Disgust and the Visceral

ISBN 9781032063782
Published September 6, 2022 by Routledge
242 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited volume traces cultural appearances of disgust and investigates the varied forms and functions disgust takes and is given in both established and vernacular cultural practices.

Contributors focus on the socio-cultural creation, consumption, reception, and experience of disgust, a visceral emotion whose cultural situatedness and circulation has historically been overlooked in academic scholarship. Chapters challenge and supplement the biological understanding of disgust as a danger reaction and as a base emotion evoked by the lower senses, touch, taste and smell, through a wealth of original case studies in which disgust is analyzed in its aesthetic qualities, and in its cultural and artistic appearances and uses, featuring visual and aural media.

Because it is interdisciplinary, the book will be of interest to scholars in a wide range of fields, including visual studies, philosophy, aesthetics, sociology, history, literature, and musicology.

Table of Contents


1. From Visceral to the Aesthetic: Tracing Disgust in Contemporary Culture

Max Ryynänen, Heidi S. Kosonen, and Susanne C. Ylönen

SECTION I: Aesthetic Approaches to Disgust

2. Overcoming Disgust: Why, When, and Whether

Carolyn Korsmeyer

3. The Affective Nature of Horror

Filippo Contesi

4. Illustrating Disgust as an Aesthetic Sentiment: Bharata’s Nāṭyaśāstra and Abhinavagupta’s Abhinavabhāratī

S. Bhuvaneshwari

SECTION II: Disgust and Othering

5. "Childish, Self-Centered, and Cruel": Classed Disgust, Maternal Complaint, and Mediated Morality in an Anonymous Online Discussion Board

Armi Mustosmäki and Tiina Sihto

6. Performing Disgust: Affective Intersections of Misogyny, Racism, and Homophobia in Radical-Right Online Discussion

Tuija Saresma and Urho Tulonen

7. The Yuck Factor: Reiterating Insect-Eating (and Otherness) Through Disgust

Heidi S. Kosonen

SECTION III: Foodways and Disgust

8. Disgust by Association: Date Labelling, Standardization, and Freshness

Tanja Plasil

9. "We Did Not Shrink From Eating Carrion": Food Disgust And Early Soviet Famines

Rebecca Manley and Iryna Skubii

10. Cannibals and Kin: Escaping the Disgusting in Newfoundland Fairy Tales

Pauline Greenhill and Diane Tye

SECTION IV: Engaging with Disgust in Music and Visual Culture

11. "The Kind of Music that Makes My Skin Crawl": Disgust Associated with Musical Experiences

Henna-Riikka Peltola

12. Music to Vomit to: The Dubstep Drop, the Bass Face, and the Sound of the Social Web

Edward K. Spencer

13. Generative Disgust, Aesthetic Engagement, and Community

Erin Bradfield

SECTION V: Disgust, Laughter, and Pleasure

14. Producing Disgust: Profanation, the Carnivalesque, and Queering as Keys for Understanding the Unsettling Pop Cultural Performance of Die Antwoord

Susanne C. Ylönen

15. Mortal Bodies, Disgust, and Affective Incongruity in Stand-Up Comedy

Outi Hakola

16. A Cultural Approach to Sex-Related Disgust: Rethinking Shunga and Other "Perversions" in the 21st Century

Hiroshi Yoshioka

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Max Ryynänen is Senior Lecturer of Theory of Visual Culture at Aalto University.

Heidi S. Kosonen is Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä

Susanne C. Ylönen is Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä.