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 ta 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.

About the Author:
Harry Redner has taught at universities in Europe, Australia, and the U.S.A.

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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

General Introduction-The state of the arts     vii
General Aesthetics or Art Theory
Introduction-Baumgarten and aesthetics     1
Basic Aesthetic Qualities
The Aesthetic Ethos     11
Humor and Beauty     27
Form and Design     45
Mimesis and Representation
Miming and Acting     63
Images     75
Pictorial Representation     89
Literary Representation     111
Poetry and Truth     125
Dramatic Expression     139
Musical Expression     155
History of Art or Artistic Cultures
Introduction-Hegel and history     173
Art, High Art and Great Art
Art-the constitution of the work of art     187
High art-style, genre and manner     201
Great art-universality and scope     221
Studies of the Great Art Traditions
Greece-Rome and China-Japan     231
Byzantium, India and Persia     257
The Great Art Tradition of Europe
Gothic and Classical     283
Modernity and Modernism     297
Critique of Judgement or Criticism of Criticism
Introduction-Kant and criticism     319
The Culture of Criticism
The Rise Of Modern Criticism     335
Consensus in Judgement     351
The Nature of Criticism
Analysis     261
Interpretation     375
Evaluation     399
The Future of Criticism and Art
The Fall of Modern Criticism     415
The End of Art?-a conclusion     433
Notes     459
Index     479
About the Author     497
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