Aesthetic Life: The Past and Present of Artistic Cultures

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Harry Redner's Aesthetic Life examines the arts - all the arts from the earliest Paleolithic painting to the latest post-Modern music. Its aim is to account for the nature of art in its historical totality and to assess the role it has played in human life throughout the ages. In seeking to review the history of art in all civilizations and separate cultures, this work is intensely aware of the critical state of the arts towards which this history seems to be heading. None of the great artistic cultures has survived intact as a living tradition. All have been more or less consigned to museums, the mausoleums of dead art. India, China, Japan, Byzantium, Persia, all the sources of the heritage of great art have dwindled away. The last of these, Europe, also faltered in the course of the twentieth century, which began with so much hope - it seemed for a while that the Modernist upsurge of rebellious energy was to be the first stage of a new culture. In the present anarchic age of post-Modernism, where 'anything goes,' it has become apparent that Modernism was merely the last stage of European culture. With all these great traditions gone, Aesthetic Life asks 'What is to be done about art now?'-and considers possible answers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761836780
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 2/23/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Redner is a scholar and author who has published books in many fields. He has taught at universities in Europe, Australia, and the U.S.A.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Basic Aesthetic Qualities Chapter 3 The Aesthetic Ethos Chapter 4 Humour and Beauty Chapter 5 Form and Design Part 6 Mimesis and Representation Chapter 7 Miming and Acting Chapter 8 Images Chapter 9 Pictorial Representation Chapter 10 Literary Representation Chapter 11 Poetry and Truth Part 12 Expression Chapter 13 Dramatic Expression Chapter 14 Musical Expression Part 15 History of Art or Artistic Culture Chapter 16 Introduction Part 17 Art, High Art, and Great Art Chapter 18 Art - the constitution of the work of art Chapter 19 High Art - style, genre, and manner Chapter 20 Great art - universality and scope Part 21 Studies of the Great Art Traditions Chapter 22 Greece-Rome and China-Japan Chapter 23 Byzantium, India, and Persia Part 24 The Great Art Tradition of Europe Chapter 25 Gothic and Classical Chapter 26 Modernity and Modernism Part 27 Critique of Judgement and Criticism of Criticism Chapter 28 Introduction Part 29 The Culture of Criticism Chapter 30 The Rise of Modern Criticism Chapter 31 Consensus in Judgement Part 32 The Nature of Criticism Chapter 33 Analysis Chapter 34 Interpretation Chapter 35 Evaluation Part 36 The Future of Criticism and Art Chapter 37 The Fall of Modern Criticism Chapter 38 The End of Art? - a conclusion

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