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.

section |15 pages


chapter 1|13 pages

From Visceral to the Aesthetic

Tracing Disgust in Contemporary Culture
ByMax Ryynänen, Heidi S. Kosonen, Susanne C. Ylönen
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section Section I|40 pages

Aesthetic Approaches to Disgust

chapter 2|12 pages

Overcoming Disgust

Why, When, and Whether
ByCarolyn Korsmeyer
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chapter 3|13 pages

The Affective Nature of Horror

ByFilippo Contesi
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chapter 4|13 pages

Illustrating Disgust as an Aesthetic Sentiment

Bharata's Nāṭyaśāstra and Abhinavagupta's Abhinavabhāratī
ByS. Bhuvaneshwari
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section Section II|47 pages

Disgust and Othering

chapter 5|15 pages

“Childish, Self-Centered, and Cruel”

Classed Disgust, Maternal Complaint, and Mediated Morality in an Anonymous Online Discussion Board
ByArmi Mustosmäki, Tiina Sihto
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chapter 6|16 pages

Performing Disgust

Affective Intersections of Misogyny, Racism, and Homophobia in Radical-Right Online Discussion
ByTuija Saresma, Urho Tulonen
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chapter 7|14 pages

The Yuck Factor

Reiterating Insect-Eating (and Otherness) Through Disgust
ByHeidi Kosonen
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section Section III|39 pages

Foodways and Disgust

chapter 8|12 pages

Disgust by Association

Date Labelling, Standardization, and Freshness
ByTanja Plasil
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chapter 9|12 pages

“We Did Not Shrink from Eating Carrion”

Food Disgust and Early Soviet Famines
ByRebecca Manley, Iryna Skubii
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chapter 10|13 pages

Cannibals and Kin

Escaping the Disgusting in Newfoundland Fairy Tales
ByPauline Greenhill, Diane Tye
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section Section IV|43 pages

Engaging with Disgust in Music and Visual Culture

chapter 11|13 pages

“The Kind of Music That Makes My Skin Crawl”

Disgust Associated with Musical Experiences
ByHenna-Riikka Peltola
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chapter 12|15 pages

Music to Vomit to

The Dubstep Drop, the Bass Face, and the Sound of the Social Web
ByEdward K. Spencer
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chapter 13|13 pages

Generative Disgust, Aesthetic Engagement, and Community

ByErin Bradfield
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section Section V|37 pages

Disgust, Laughter, and Pleasure

chapter 14|14 pages

Producing Disgust

Profanation, the Carnivalesque, and Queering as Keys for Understanding the Unsettling Pop Cultural Performance of Die Antwoord
BySusanne C. Ylönen
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chapter 16|8 pages

A Cultural Approach to Sex-Related Disgust

Rethinking Shunga and Other “Perversions” in the 21st Century
ByHiroshi Yoshioka
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