In an age of relativism, we should be cautious about pronouncing on philistinism
. Our definition of the term may later come to look faulty.
Gabler reports that a careless remark by Disney--"This thing will make Beethoven!"--was used "to lacerate him for his alleged philistinism
If too much deference to great artists is the mark of a society that has never quite escaped from its aristocratic roots, too little regard for them is a sign of narrow philistinism
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.
"The idea of content," Sontag informs her reader, "is today mainly a hindrance, a nuisance, a subtle or not so subtle 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.
A certain degree of philistinism
in politics is not a bad thing.
The pattern of a working-class artist triumphing in the face of exclusive establishment culture is familiar from "Billy Elliot" but, just as significantly, "The Pitmen Painters" recalls Yasmina Reza's "Art." 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.
Incorporated into this scheme is "Arnoldian scorn for nonconformist philistinism
" and the "mutually reinforcing binary divides" of "Anglicanism vs.
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.