visceralness

English translation: viscerality

08:34 Feb 17, 2011
English language (monolingual) [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Cinema, Film, TV, Drama
English term or phrase: visceralness
I would really just like to conduct a straw poll, hoping that this is the correct forum to do so, into the acceptability of the word 'visceralness'. I am trying to produce a publishable quality translation of an academic article analysing a series of films, and would love to include the following, which I feel fits in well with the flow of the text:

"The thing that makes these two scenes so memorable, so moving, must surely be the sheer visceralness with which they conjure up basic fears ..."

However, I have certain doubts about the acceptability of the word 'visceralness', whose use certainly helps to avoid the clumsier 'visceral manner', but which has a 'made up' quality to it. Is there an accepted abstract noun derived from 'visceral', or am I justified in coining 'visceralness' for this purpose? I would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.
Tim Drayton
Cyprus
Local time: 00:26
Selected answer:viscerality
Explanation:
That is to say, he has combined Baselitz's definition of work that originates 'in the gut' .... Next: Viscerality in film • What does 'visceral' mean? ...
www.corrigendum.co.uk/viscerality_in_art.html

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articles › Viscerality in art
In the art world, 'visceral' is often used to describe work that has an immediate effect on the viewer, in contrast with a lot of conceptual art (often puzzling and esoteric) that requires interpretation, contemplation, decoding (symbolism etc) and awareness of exterior references (much like a lot of poetry).

Sometimes, artists are happy to describe their own work as visceral and to explain their use of the word. The German expressionist painter Georg Baselitz is one of them.



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in a literary context you have poetic licence and "visceralness" would br readily understood so you decide :)

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would be (sorry about spelling)
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David Hollywood
Local time: 19:26
Grading comment
Well, 'visceralness' produces 3040 Google hits, while 'viscerality' gives 31,600. Who can argue with that? I must confess that the former still sounds more better to my ears, and I may go with it anyhow.
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10 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +6
viscerality


Explanation:
That is to say, he has combined Baselitz's definition of work that originates 'in the gut' .... Next: Viscerality in film • What does 'visceral' mean? ...
www.corrigendum.co.uk/viscerality_in_art.html

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Note added at 11 mins (2011-02-17 08:45:55 GMT)
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articles › Viscerality in art
In the art world, 'visceral' is often used to describe work that has an immediate effect on the viewer, in contrast with a lot of conceptual art (often puzzling and esoteric) that requires interpretation, contemplation, decoding (symbolism etc) and awareness of exterior references (much like a lot of poetry).

Sometimes, artists are happy to describe their own work as visceral and to explain their use of the word. The German expressionist painter Georg Baselitz is one of them.



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Note added at 13 mins (2011-02-17 08:47:41 GMT)
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in a literary context you have poetic licence and "visceralness" would br readily understood so you decide :)

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Note added at 14 mins (2011-02-17 08:48:57 GMT)
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would be (sorry about spelling)

David Hollywood
Local time: 19:26
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 24
Grading comment
Well, 'visceralness' produces 3040 Google hits, while 'viscerality' gives 31,600. Who can argue with that? I must confess that the former still sounds more better to my ears, and I may go with it anyhow.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  P.L.F.Persio
4 mins

agree  Christine Andersen
32 mins

agree  Jack Doughty
46 mins

agree  B D Finch
6 hrs

agree  Lisa Miles: yep that's what immediately came to mind
6 hrs

agree  Woodstock
9 hrs
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