Definition of academicism in English:


(also academism)


mass noun
  • Adherence to formal or conventional rules and traditions in art or literature.

    ‘the opposition between academicism and creative authenticity’
    • ‘What was originally intended as a reprisal against the stuffy, airless academicism of government-approved filmmaking is now becoming mired in its own set of cliches.’
    • ‘Evans skilfully avoids the gratuitously voyeuristic while never sinking into safe but dull academicism.’
    • ‘There is also a sense of joy and sheer pleasure in composing and in sound worlds which comes across, no sterile academicism.’
    • ‘I think a lot of videos are good but video as a medium is now an academy, and artists, anyone creative, have got to resist academism.’
    • ‘There's a passion in his playing of these glorious variations that reflects the man - both men - and easily beats plain, severe academicism.’
    • ‘He kept the school a bastion of Germanic academicism while the musical mainstream went elsewhere.’
    • ‘It was about this time that Sarris suggested that the director's style had ‘degenerated into an all-embracing academicism, a veritable glossary of film techniques.’’
    • ‘At a time when I was becoming very disaffected by the academicism of contemporary music, Louis's music showed that you can be sophisticated, adventurous, uncompromising, and utterly direct at the same time.’
    • ‘All of modern art since the middle of the previous century had been based on rebellion against academicism and Ingres was the painter most associated with academicism.’
    • ‘The homespun quality of his materials and processes reveals, rather than masks, a keen formal and historical sensibility, while also serving his devastating wit and cold eye for high-art academicism.’
    • ‘It is probably in Switzerland that his influence was the most fertile: Bodmer borrows from him to fight against Gottsched's academism, and Sulzer takes him as a basis for his theory of sensibility.’
    • ‘The social structure, the heavy academism and specific institutional traits blocked any possibility of learning or expressing new modes of thought.’
    • ‘But they are also rooted in the progressive academicism of Dickinson's teachers.’
    • ‘Perhaps Elie avoided this approach in order to give priority to his subjects' biographies and avoid any taint of academicism, both of which are commendable aims.’
    • ‘She writes that ‘Black artists such as Lois Mailou Jones, Palmer C. Hayden, and Henry O. Tanner were more inclined towards a conventional academicism, despite Paris's reputation for modernity’.’
    • ‘She is a pianist who always thinks, always invests her performances with a point of view, while managing in the process never to allow the clouds of calculation and academicism to hover above the keyboard.’
    • ‘Hirst's portrayal of the scene is reminiscent of Gilles Deleuze's description of his escape from the bondage of academicism in postwar French philosophy.’
    • ‘At any rate, the string writing is jaw-droppingly expert, particularly startling in one so young, the independence of parts preternaturally clear, without a trace of academicism.’
    • ‘He believed that the worn-out academicism of the day could be revitalized by direct contact with peasant life and with the genuine folk art of the people.’
    • ‘The tracks are overwhelmed by signature tunes, the concert halls by ‘classical’ compositions and ‘new music’ academism.’
    pretentiousness, pomposity, pompousness, dullness, tedium
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