Shandyism

Shandyism

a tendency to whimsical conduct in accord with absurd theories from past ages. [Allusion to the actions of Walter, father of the hero in Sterne’s Tristram Shandy.]
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10 "Shandyism: Authorship as Genre" (Secession, Vienna) A rare gleam in a gloomy Viennese art scene reeling from the demise of the much-revered Generali Foundation, "Shandyism" proved one of those provoking, idiosyncratic shows that come from left field--and leave you wanting to respond with your own long-nurtured variant.
For there is a different coolness factor at work now, steeped in ideas of the "ready-made artist," "expropriation" instead of "appropriation," "painters without paintings and paintings without painters," "shandyism," and formalism in its new form--which basically means practicing Kandinskian formalism in the full knowledge that it cannot possibly work out, but sticking with it all the same.
Nor are they a body of literature whose prime interest is that they throw light upon Shandyism in its biographical or fictional manifestations.
This shallowness permeates Sterne's fiction, Stephen concluding that "The Shandyism upon which he prided himself was not a very exalted form of mind, nor one which offered a very deep or lasting satisfaction" (163).