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Title Power of "negative" thinking, The: the grotesque in the modern world
Subject Grotesque
Description The 45th Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Helbling, Robert E.
Publisher Frederick William Reynolds Association
Date 1982-11-30
Date Digital 2008-05-29
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Resource Identifier http://content.lib.utah.edu/u?/reynolds,768
Source BH301.G74 H44 1982
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "The Power of "negative" thinking," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Description THE POWER OF "NEGATIVE" THINKING 25 els do in describing empirical reality. In its contemporary garb the grotesque is a shock treatment to alert us to the moral chaos of our world. It provides no answers - didactic preachments would largely fall on deaf ears anyway - but it challenges us to find answers in thought and action by ourselves. Its apparent nihilistic cynicism is only the obverse of a positive moral revolt. It if expresses the guilty conscience of our age, in its clairvoyance it may also be the flip side of the prophetic, for to see the world as grotesque is not to see it as absurd, as incapable of change. The grotesque abolishes the limited and unconditional necessity of the absurd and opens human consciousness and imagination for new possibilities.30 The rules of classical rhetoric would now require a rousing, even uplifting peroration. But I cannot offer a soothing ointment for our anguish. I am too skeptical to believe in the luxury, or ready availability of a simple redemptive doctrine. At best I can express a faint hope: the aggressive negativity of a grotesque consciousness may prick our moral sensibility to a point where in a precarious balance our reason may hold at bay the hellhounds of unreason. I might even venture a step in the direction of aesthetic optimism: the ensuing eternal vigilance may yet create a moral ambiance which will allow us to write genuine satire again in an age of relative reasonableness.
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Source Original Manuscript: The power of "negative" thinking : the grotesque in the modern world by Robert E. Helbling.
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