On ugliness umberto eco on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in the mold of his acclaimed history of beauty i renowned cultural critic umberto ecos on ugliness i is an exploration of the monstrous and the repellant in visual culture and the arts. Ugliness isnt the essence of any of these subjects except by a stretch of language a use of metaphor though sometimes ugliness is a way to illustrate the notions of evil they deal with or a falling away from good that they seem better to belong to. He presents chapters on ugliness in the classical world religious use of ugliness passion death martyrdom apocalypse hell monsters witchcraft sadism obscene pornography the appearance of ugliness in architecture and industrial buildings and finally the transition of the ugly in the popular kitsch and camp. Their cases could not be more different but its getting increasingly difficult to defend the new york times for hiring a writer with a history of racist and anti trump tweets while facebook . In the mold of his acclaimed history of beauty renowned cultural critic umberto ecos on ugliness is an exploration of the monstrous and the repellant in visual culture and the arts what is the voyeuristic impulse behind our attraction to the gruesome and the horrible where does the magnetic appeal of the sordid and the scandalous come from
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