Cultural Approaches to Disgust and the Visceral
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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 practises.
Contributors focus on the socio-cultural creation, consumption, reception and experiencing 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
Part One: Aesthetic Approaches to Disgust
2. Overcoming Disgust: Why, When, and Whether
3. The Affective Nature of Horror
4. Illustrating Disgust as an Aesthetic Sentiment: Bharata’s Nāṭyaśāstra and Abhinavagupta’s Abhinavabhāratī
Part Two: 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
Part Three: Foodways and Disgust
8. Disgust by association: date labelling, standardization and freshness
9. "We Did Not Shrink From Eating Carrion:" Food Disgust And Early Soviet Famines
Iryna Skubii and Rebecca Manley
10. Cannibals and Kin: Escaping the Disgusting in Newfoundland Fairy Tales
Pauline Greenhill and Diane Tye
Part Four: Engaging with Disgust in Music and Visual Culture
11. "The kind of music that makes my skin crawl": disgust associated with musical experiences
12. Music to Vomit to: The dubstep drop, the bass face, and the sound of the social web
13. Generative Disgust, Aesthetic Engagement, and Community
Part Five: 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
16. A Cultural Approach to Sex-related Disgust: Rethinking Shunga and other "perversions" in the 21st Century
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.