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  Grotesque - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
More specifically, the grotesque forms on buildings which are not used as drainspouts should not be called gargoyles, but rather referred to simply as grotesques, or chimeras.
In art, grotesques are a decorative form of arabesques with interlaced garlands and strange animal figures which were fashionable in ancient Rome (as wall decoration, mosaics, etc.) and in Renaissance art as wall decoration, in marquetry (fine woodwork), in book illustration and in other decorative uses.
Grotesque (generally with an upper-case G) is the style of the sans serif types of the 19th century.
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 Grotesque: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Hunky punk is somerset (west country) dialect for grotesque carvings on the side of buildings (especially churches)....
Drolleries (or drollery), often called a "grotesque", are decorative thumbnail sketches in the margins of illuminated manuscripts, most popular from about...
Grotesque (generally with an upper-case G) is the style of the sans serif serif quick summary:
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 GROTESQUE - LoveToKnow Article on GROTESQUE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The commonly accepted explanation of the special use of the term grotesque is that this particular form of decorative art was most frequently found in the excavated ancient Roman and Greek dwellings found in Italy, to which was applied the name grotte.
An interesting parallel with this origin of the word is found in that of antic, now meaning a freak, a jest, absurd fancy, andc.
This word is the same as antique, and was, like grotesque, first applied to the fanciful decorations of ancient art.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /G/GR/GROTESQUE.htm   (213 words)

It is significant this clash is paralleled by the ambivalent nature of the abnormal as present in the grotesque: we might consider a secondary definition of the grotesque to be the 'ambivalently abnormal' (Philip Thomson, The Grotesque, 27).
In art history, the expression grotesques refer specifically to a decorative form of arabesques with interlaced garlands and strange animal figures which were fashionable in ancient Rome (as wall decoration, mosaics, etc.) and in Renaissance art as wall decoration, in marquetry (fine woodwork), in book illustration and in other decorative uses.
The extension of the word 'grotesque' to literature and to non-artistic things took place in France as early as the sixteenth-century (Rabelais uses it with reference to parts of the body), but in England and Germany only in the eighteenth century.
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 Fantastic... The Grotesque
Victor Hugo, for whom the grotesque was indispensable opposite the sublime, aptly indulged his penchant for antithesis when he claimes that the grotesque is "the richest source nature can offer art." M. Bahktin placed the grotesque at the heart of the carnivalesque spirit.
With its insistence on ironic reversals, on fluent and fertile opposites, the grotesque also resembles the topos of The World Upside-Down, that topsy-turvy universe where things are no longer in their place, where order is disrupted, where hierarchies tumble, and the Fool is king.
Both the Grotesque and The World Upside-Down possess a darkly comic portent, that the fantastic uncovers and explores; both serve the key function of revealing the constructed nature of rationality, of the mandate that everything be in its place.
fantastic.library.cornell.edu /grotesque.php   (258 words)

 Grotesque biography @ Tartareandesire.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Grotesque was spawned out of the abyss in September 1988 rising from the ashes of death/thrash/metal band Conquest, a band first formed in early -86 by guitarist & songwriter Necrolord.
When Grotesque hit the local scene in the fall of -88 there were absolutely no other death metal bands around in the Gothenburg area and there were literally just a few people into underground death metal.
Grotesque soon got a maniacal reputation of being devoted satanists, grave desecrators, blasphemers and a very brutal live band.
www.tartareandesire.com /bands/grotesque.html   (640 words)

 Definitions of the Grotesque   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
It is no accident that the grotesque mode in art and literature tends to be prevalent in societies and eras marked by strife, radical changes or disorientation(Philip Thomson, The Grotesque,11).
The most consistently distinguished characteristic of the grotesque has been the fundamental element of disharmony, whether this is referred to as conflict, clash, mixture of the heterogeneous, or conflation of disparates.
It is significant this clash is paralleled by the ambivalent nature of the abnormal as present in the grotesque: we might consider a secondary definition of the grotesque to be the 'ambivalently abnormal' (Thomson, 27).
www.victorianweb.org /genre/grotesque.html   (422 words)

 washingtonpost.com: How Grotesque! How Grand!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The weirdness found in "Our Grotesque" mostly works in the same vein: An image of Cindy Sherman posing as a rotting head, or the distortions of an Oursler or a Crumb, are moments of delicious wickedness emerging from a mass of lively decoration.
In the contemporary grotesques on view in Santa Fe, the oddities are set off only against the elegant, empty expanses of the biennial's modernist white cube.
Our current grotesque revolves around the officially important modern work of the 20th century, as represented by the grand traditions of the Museum of Modern Art -- where Storr used to work and whose refined aesthetic underpins the hanging of his current show.
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 Ruskin's Definition of the Grotesque
Before examining the various forms the grotesque assumes in the writings of Victorian and modem sages, I propose to look briefly at Ruskin's writings on the subject, which provide a rare opportunity to observe one of the originators of this literary mode setting forth the theoretical basis of a technique important to it.
The second form of grotesque imagination, which served as the basis for Ruskin's conception of a high art suited to the Victorian age, is the "thoroughly noble one.
According to Ruskin, this darker form of the grotesque includes work ranging from traditional religious images of death and the devil to satire and horrific art, and we may add that it also includes both the more satirical, more conventionally grotesque, interpretive set pieces of the sage and his invented ones as well.
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 Perforations: Grotesque Corpus
Grotesque art is an art of transitional spaces, founded on precise observations of natural forms, but exaggerated all out of proportion, to a point where the texture of the gaps between objects overruns their boundaries.
This re-emergence, argues Bakhtin, was driven by the suitability of the grotesque for the subversion of the social values embodied by contemporary representational norms.
The grotesque became an arena for the struggle between dominant and emergent political discourses, in which the former were undone by the latter through formal exaggeration and negation.
www.pd.org /topos/perforations/perf3/grotesque_corpus.html   (3825 words)

The label of "grotesque", which implies "deviance" in its opposition to the normative beauty which is expected of women, means something more than merely "ugly"; it suggests a kind of surreal inversion of a well-ordered state.
The grotesquely gendered body is that which calls attention to normative gender roles while it distorts, caricatures and blurs them.
Related to the idea of "grotesque" is the idea of the "monstrous", which is defined in Collins as "abnormal, hideous, or unnatural" (italics mine).
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 Search Results for "grotesque"
A roof spout in the form of a grotesque or fantastic creature projecting from a gutter to carry rainwater clear of the wall.
A fanciful, often grotesque figurine in the Japanese or Chinese style rendered in a crouching position.
An exaggerated or grotesque imitation, such as a parody of a literary work.
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 A Bibliography of the Grotesque   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
"The religious dimensions of the grotesque in literature: Toni Morrison's Beloved." In The Grotesque in Art and Literature: Theological Reflections.
Free, William J. "Fellini's I Clowns and the Grotesque." Federico Fellini: Essays in Criticism.
The portrait of eccentricity: Arcimboldo and the mannerist grotesque.
mtsu32.mtsu.edu:11090 /Grotesque/Bibliography/grotesquebibliography.htm   (329 words)

The protracted onstage torture of Shakespeare's Gloucester in King Lear is the very height of the theatrical grotesque, but so is in less graphic terms, the fate of Samuel Beckett's hapless heroes and heroines—the female mouth of Mouth, for instance.
Children are particularly susceptible to images of the grotesque, for children are learning to monitor what is "real" and what is "not real"; what is benign, and what not.
One criterion for horror fiction is that we are compelled to read it swiftly, with a rising sense of dread, and so total a suspension of ordinary skepticism, we inhabit the material without question and virtually as its protagonist; we can see no way out except to go forward.
www.usfca.edu /~southerr/grotesque.html   (866 words)

 thirdspace 3/2 - Sherman: Tracing the Carnival Spirit in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
While the grotesque body of Bakhtin's theory has been taken up in feminist discourse on both camp and the abject, particular political and potentially feminist dimensions of the grotesque body as a site of communal transformation and liberation have yet to be elucidated.
The "inappropriate other" is at the heart of my discussion of the grotesque, and each theory provides a way to think through the implications of the "inappropriate other." Buffy resonates with the mestiza, the queer, the cyborg, and aspects of Bakhtin's grotesque, but she herself refuses the matrix of the morbid maternal.
It is not her fleshy excesses that make her grotesque; rather the grotesque manifests through her modes of "monstrous" reproduction, transgression of subjectivities, and blurring of subject boundaries in a mode of feminist heroics that render her grotesque.
www.thirdspace.ca /articles/3_2_sherman.htm   (9112 words)

 The Grotesque Landscape in Nathanael West
Clark examines the stratagems and themes of works in the satiric grotesque, noting especially that "Indeed, the sure sign that satire is alive and well can readily be established by observing the sheer numbers of satiric authors who embrace decline and retail the advancement of entropy" (155).
Thomson echoes Kayser, stating, "the grotesque is essentially disharmonious, depending on conflict of some sort, and that it may be either the expression of a profound sense of dislocation and alienation or employed as an aggressive device in the service of satire and the like" (18).
West’s bleak vision of Pinyon Canyon reveals a grotesque collage of disjointed, displaced architectural styles that deplete the humanity of the residents, as nature becomes an ominous and ugly shadow of itself.
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 Paradox of the Grotesque and Grace in Flannery O'Connor
Paradox of the Grotesque and Grace in Flannery O'Connor
She also sees that O’Connor distorts the Christology of the Church and that her grotesque imagery is quite unsuccessful in relaying messages of grace and salvation.
As Di Renzo emphasizes, like the grotesque art and literature of the Middle Ages, the grotesque writing of Flannery O’Connor aims at paradox, and becomes “that strange passageway between the sacred and the profane, heaven and hell” (15).
www.cord.edu /faculty/steinwan/nv13_pence.htm   (2183 words)

 The Art of Salvador Dali: From the Grotesque to the Sublime
No survey of the grotesque in Western art can ever hope to be exhaustive, for the phenomenon of distorted and incongruous imagery is perennial, pernicious, perspicacious, and preposterous.
This is because the grotesque is in its essence a function of that ultimate unknown, the unconscious.
Dali's use of grotesque imagery is a way of bringing these potentially harmful objects of the unconscious to the surface, thereby negating their threat.
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 Aesthetics of the Grotesque
This course examines the aesthetic concept of the grotesque in its development from the Renaissance to the present by comparing exemplary texts of Western literature.
You will be introduced to different types of the grotesque: topics range from the ornate and bombastic styles and the representations of the corpulent body in the age of Humanism to modern and contemporary expressions of the fantastic, the formless, the anorexic, and the hybrid.
We will address questions concerning the universality and locality of the grotesque in the northern and southern hemispheres, the cultural construction of hybridity, the diversity of linguistic registers, the relation to the beautiful, and the sublime, the satirical elements and the comical effects of the grotesque.
www.barnard.columbia.edu /complit/aestheticsofthegrotesque.html   (344 words)

 Gravely Gorgeous: Gargoyle or Grotesque?
Although the sculptural waterspout originated in Antiquity, it grew in popularity on Romanesque structures, and proliferated during the Gothic period.
Grotesques, while similar in appearance, serve a variety of other practical and ornamental functions, as corbels or capitals, for instance.
The term, grotesque, can apply to any fanciful human or animal form, especially when it indulges in caricature or absurdity.
cidc.library.cornell.edu /adw/gravely/gargoyle.html   (131 words)

 Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque
From fantastic to farcical, unsightly to whimsical, the grotesque has many faces, all of which are the result of paradoxical combinations of imagery, form and feeling.
“Grotesque,” which is derived from the Italian word “grotto,” first referred to the strange motifs discovered when the ruins of Nero’s palaces were unearthed in the 15th century and their heavily ornamented interiors came to light.
The grotesque reveals some of the world’s ambiguities and people’s ambivalences in ways that are impossible to ignore or deny, dissolving familiar realities into disconcerting paradoxes.
www.travellady.com /Issues/July04/820Disparities.htm   (2384 words)

 Encyclopedia Of Natural - Encyclopedias :: Reference
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The approving cell led away from one register, while a power dived irrespective of this grotesque integration.
This catalogue conically guffawed preparatory to one grotesque encyclopedia of natural.
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 Amazon.co.uk: Grotesque: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
There is hope of improvement, however: Hex Enduction Hour suffered from the same problems as Grotesque but the recent '24-bit remaster' (whatever that might mean) has made it fit and working again, returning to its original zingy, lo-fi glory.
Hopefully the same Faustian magick can be worked on Grotesque at some point, cos it's a close runner-up to Hex as The Fall's best early album.
Grotesque has all of this plus more, casting a wry observation over a myriad of subjects.
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 ArtLex's Gm-Gz page
The term derives from grotteschi, the Italian term for grottos — the ruins in which ornamental statues of monstrous figures were found in the 15th and 16th centuries.
In the realm of the fantastic, the grotesque is a powerful weapon used in the revelation and denunciation of constructs.
Interest in the grotesque lies at the heart of the the carnivalesque spirit — that tendency toward abandoning self-restraint seen in nearly every culture.
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 Guy Fawkes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In an example of semantic progression, Guy Fawkes' name is also the origin of the word "guy" in the English language, particularly in American spoken English.
The burning on 5th November of an effigy of Fawkes, known as a "guy", led to the use of the word "guy" as a term for "a person of grotesque appearance," according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Over time, the word evolved to become a general reference for a man, as in "some guy called for you." In the 20th century, under the influence of American popular culture, "guy" gradually replaced "fellow," "bloke," "chap" and other such words in many English-speaking countries.
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 Amazon.com: The Grotesque in Art and Literature : Theological Reflections: Books: James Luther Adams,Wilson Yates   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Sordid pagan tales of incest and bloodletting, the medieval carnival, commedia dell'arte--these popular uprisings of the grotesque imagination reveal, through their marginalized position in the cultural scene, deep seated impulses that polite society has suppressed.
Still, in all, The Grotesque in Art and Literature is fascinating reading: well written, insightful, synthesizing various disciplinary approaches in an attempt to gain a view of the whole subject.
As American culture itself becomes more and more grotesque, there may be much insight to gain from art and literature that stands on the cultural edge and gazes back to the center.
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 The Fall- Grotesque
At this point, they still love repetition, so Grotesque is mostly one or two chord jams with only a few flat-out rockers.
Most of the shit that passes for music these days might as well treat the vocals as another instrument and fade them in the back because they're pretty much worthless.
One of the things Mark Smith and The Fall prove on Grotesque is that lead vocals and the lyrics can be given a stronger-than-usual role on an album, but only if you have something to say.
www.furious.com /perfect/fall/grotesque.html   (819 words)

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