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Kitsch - Cute

Cute and kitsch - Laurie Taylor asks why objects and phenomenon which come under these headings have such a hold and a fascination.

Cute and kitsch - Simon May, visiting professor of philosophy at King’s College London, explores cuteness and its immense hold on us, from emojis and fluffy puppies to its more uncanny, subversive expressions. Also, the changing significance of kitsch, from garden gnomes to Eurotrash. Ruth Holliday, Professor of Gender and Culture at the University of Leeds, suggests that judgements of taste have shifted ground rather than relaxed. They’re joined by the cultural critic, Peter York.

Producer: Jayne Egerton

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29 minutes

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Mon 1 Apr 2019 00:15


Simon May, The Power of Cute, (Princeton University Press, 2019) 

Ruth Holliday and Tracey Potts, Kitsch! Cultural Politics and Taste, (Manchester University Press, 2012) 


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