Banality  

From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search
L'Absinthe (1876) - Edgar Degas
Enlarge
L'Absinthe (1876) - Edgar Degas
  1. Common in a boring way, to the point of being predictable; containing nothing new or fresh.

Synonyms

Antonyms


"When all the archetypes burst out shamelessly, we plumb the depths of Homeric profundity. Two cliches make us laugh but a hundred cliches moves us because we sense dimly that the cliches are talking among themselves, celebrating a reunion . . . Just as the extreme of pain meets sensual pleasure, and the extreme of perversion borders on mystical energy, so too the extreme of banality allows us to catch a glimpse of the Sublime." -- Umberto Eco, "Casablanca: Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage" (1984) from Travels in Hyperreality

Related e

Wikipedia
Wiktionary
Shop


Featured:

Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Enlarge
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Ban (medieval) or banality is the power to summon free men for military service.

Banality may also refer to:




Unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on Wikipedia article "Banality" or another language Wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; or on original research by Jahsonic and friends. See Art and Popular Culture's copyright notice.

Personal tools