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On Ugliness Presentation in The Ballad of the Sad Café

ZHANG Huiren   

  1. School of Foreign Languages, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou Fujian 350025, China
  • Received:2014-06-25 Online:2016-03-25 Published:2016-03-28


Unlike the traditional literature, The Ballad of the Sad Café tells a grotesquely love triangle between a lonely masculine woman, a feminine evil hunchback and a handsome demon. The ugliness preference in the art field is a necessity of the time. It is a phenomenon resulted from the historical changes and philosophical development in modern time. Ugliness presentation can distance the readers from the novel and awaken the reader to quest for truths. By presenting ugliness McCullers reveals the maladies of modern society and breaks up the sex stereotypes, romance stereotypes and physical appearance stereotypes. Her inclination to present ugliness is a big breakthrough in novel writing and has greatly expanded the aesthetic area of modern fiction.

Key words: The Ballad of the Sad Café, Carson McCullers, ugliness presentation, criticism consciousness, aesthetics

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