Matei Calinescu, Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism. Durham: Duke University Press, 1987. 395p.

KITSCH

The "Kitsch-Man" (259)

"One who ...experience(s) as kitsch even non-kitsch works or situations, ...who makes a parody of aesthetic response."
Hedonistic idea of what is artistic or beautiful
Fill his spare time with maximum excitement for minimum effort Ethical terms Fundamental characteristic - lying Undeveloped critical sense Definition of Kitsch (261-62)

KITSCH

Kitsch and Modernity
Kitsch, Camp, and High Art
Etymology, Contexts of Usage, and the "Law of Aesthetic Inadequacy"
Kitsch and Romanticism
Bad Taste, Ideology, and Hedonism
Some Stylistic Considerations
Kitsch and Cultural Industrialization
The "Kitsch-Man"
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