A Taxonomy of Disgust in Art

  • Noël Carroll
  • Filippo Contesi
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Educational Futures book series (PSEF)


Disgust has been a perennial feature of art from medieval visions of hell to postmodern travesties. The purpose of this chapter is to chart various ways in which disgust functions in artworks both in terms of content and style, canvassing cases in which the content and/or style is literally disgusting in contrast to cases where the disgust serves to characterize the content, often for moral or political or broader cultural purposes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noël Carroll
    • 1
  • Filippo Contesi
    • 2
  1. 1.CUNY Graduate CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.LOGOS Research GroupUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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