Sianne Ngai

Sianne Ngai

Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago

Professor of English at the University of Chicago, whose work is most broadly concerned with the analysis of aesthetic forms and judgments specific to capitalism. Author of Ugly Feelings (2005), Our Aesthetic Categories: Cute, Zany. Interesting (2012) and Theory of the Gimmick: Aesthetic Judgement and Capitalist Form (2020). Extending Ngai’s previous investigation of the rise of equivocal aesthetic judgments (such as the merely “interesting”), Theory of the Gimmick explores the uneasy mix of attraction and repulsion produced by the gimmick across a range of forms specific to capitalist culture.