Ugliness A Cultural History Ugly as sin the ugly duckling or maybe you fell out of the ugly tree Let s face it we ve all used the word ugly to describe someone we ve seen hopefully just in our private thoughts but have we ever

  • Title: Ugliness: A Cultural History
  • Author: Gretchen E. Henderson
  • ISBN: 9781780235240
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ugly as sin, the ugly duckling or maybe you fell out of the ugly tree Let s face it, we ve all used the word ugly to describe someone we ve seen hopefully just in our private thoughts but have we ever considered how slippery the term can be, indicating anything from the slightly unsightly to the downright revolting What really lurks behind this most favored insult InUgly as sin, the ugly duckling or maybe you fell out of the ugly tree Let s face it, we ve all used the word ugly to describe someone we ve seen hopefully just in our private thoughts but have we ever considered how slippery the term can be, indicating anything from the slightly unsightly to the downright revolting What really lurks behind this most favored insult In this actually beautiful book, Gretchen E Henderson casts an unfazed gaze at ugliness, tracing its long standing grasp on our cultural imagination and highlighting all the peculiar ways it has attracted us to its repulsion Henderson explores the ways we have perceived ugliness throughout history, from ancient Roman feasts to medieval grotesque gargoyles, from Mary Shelley s Frankenstein to the Nazi Exhibition of Degenerate Art Covering literature, art, music, and even the cutest possible incarnation of the term Uglydolls she reveals how ugliness has long posed a challenge to aesthetics and taste She moves beyond the traditional philosophic argument that simply places ugliness in opposition to beauty in order to dismantle just what we mean when we say ugly Following ugly things wherever they have trod, she traverses continents and centuries to delineate the changing map of ugliness and the profound effects it has had on the public imagination, littering her path with one fascinating tidbit after another Lovingly illustrated with the foulest images from art, history, and culture, Ugliness offers an oddly refreshing perspective, going past the surface to ask what ugly truly is, even as its meaning continues to shift.

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    2 thoughts on “Ugliness: A Cultural History

    1. An interesting perspective on how ugliness is viewed as a societal construct. The book opens with case studies before looking at how ugliness is used to define groups as a tool for societal control. The final sections focus on individual senses and how they have been viewed throughout history.The book also has a plentiful stock of pictures that help with the concepts being discussed, and the only real flaw is that these pictures are not in colour.

    2. A look at the way "ugliness" has been defined by various cultures and in different periods of history, this is an interesting read. It doesn't shy away from issues such as defining groups as "ugly" in order to make one culture feel superior, but also covers some less serious themes such as ugly toys or ugly as cute/pretty. The range of ideas discussed enhances rather than detracts, and I recommend this as both thought-provoking and informative.

    3. A fine, historical reference book that offers an interesting overview of ugliness, in all its different forms.

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