Philistinism


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Philistinism

Babbitt
anti-intellectual, bourgeois conformist. [Am. Lit.: Babbitt]
Grand Hotel
pictures European bourgeoisie in Berlin between wars. [Ger. Lit.: Grand Hotel]
Philistines
perennial rivals of Israel in Biblical times; looked upon as uncultured by Israelites. [Jewish Hist.: NCE, 2132]
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The trouble is, not all of Disney's philistinism was alleged.
The complaint of David Sedaris, dark ironist and twisted celebrant of American culture, testifies to the exceptional tenacity of the image of the American resident in Paris as a cultural refugee, one whose exile is a repudiation of provincialism, philistinism, or whatever else is held to be wrong with American life.
Philistinism is the important word, suggesting a moral criticism of Matthew Arnold, one that both shaped her and caused her to react.
Preece states that Veza's attitude toward Elias alias Knut Tell changed from tease and satire in Yellow Street to admiration in The Tiger, where he is "the upholder of artistic integrity in the face of commercial philistinism and worse" (p.
But because I think of pseudoscience as an ominous and ubiquitous manifestation of our society's intellectual philistinism, the Charles Fort that I discern in Charles Fort is a different poltergeist than the one envisaged by Steinmeyer: a self-important opportunist who (I believe I'm paraphrasing Wittgenstein) didn't know what he didn't know.
A certain degree of philistinism in politics is not a bad thing.
Where that play panders to bourgeois philistinism, comforting an audience unwilling to take seriously the peculiarities of modern art, Hall's bittersweet comedy offers a challenge to those same prejudices.
His wish to let the magazine die quickly rather than flounder reflected his knowledge of the growing cultural philistinism from which universities were becoming less and less immune.
There is no place for this kind of smug Philistinism in a serious newspaper.
The chapter on Die Fermate promises to identify a complex structure of multiple levels of narration and a deep probing into questions of art and aesthetics, but the author concentrates rather on the characters of Theodor and the two sisters and concludes that Theodor, like most of Hoffmann's male artists, commits the error of seeking love and redemption from a woman and ends up despising her when she is unable to live up to his unrealistic expectations In her analysis of Der Artush of Roder condemns Christina as heartless and unfeeling, and, although she finds Christina's father almost endearing', warns that the reader should not lose sight of the fact that the ignorance and philistinism of such individuals cause Traugott considerable suffering.
Call me a purist, but Measure for Measure is not a funny play; that Dove's production of it repeatedly brought the house down, and often at the most delicate points in the script, demonstrated either an audience philistinism or an unusually bathetic approach to the play.
The invincible philistinism of the average Labour local council saw to that.