Definition of academicism in English:


(also academism)


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

    ‘the opposition between academicism and creative authenticity’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tracks are overwhelmed by signature tunes, the concert halls by ‘classical’ compositions and ‘new music’ academism.’
    • ‘There is also a sense of joy and sheer pleasure in composing and in sound worlds which comes across, no sterile academicism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Evans skilfully avoids the gratuitously voyeuristic while never sinking into safe but dull 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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 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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's a passion in his playing of these glorious variations that reflects the man - both men - and easily beats plain, severe 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    pretentiousness, pomposity, pompousness, dullness, tedium
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