Against the Flow: The Arts, Postmodern Culture and Education / Edition 1

Against the Flow: The Arts, Postmodern Culture and Education / Edition 1

by Peter Abbs, Abbs Peter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415297923

ISBN-13: 9780415297929

Pub. Date: 10/02/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

At once provocative and inspiring, Against the Flow is a work of polemic from an internationally respected writer and thinker on arts education. Peter Abbs argues that contemporary education ignores the aesthetic and ethical as a result of being in thrall to such forces as the market economy and managerial and functional dictates. He identifies the present

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At once provocative and inspiring, Against the Flow is a work of polemic from an internationally respected writer and thinker on arts education. Peter Abbs argues that contemporary education ignores the aesthetic and ethical as a result of being in thrall to such forces as the market economy and managerial and functional dictates. He identifies the present education system as being inimical to creativity and authentic learning and instead, narrowly focused on the quantitative measuring of results. This absence of a creative and ethical dimension in education has implications for art making in wider society. Art is shown as emerging from, and appealing to, the ironic postmodernist sensibility and mass media-led culture, while being devoid of philosophical significance.
This book opens up a fresh and timely debate about the vital power of creativity in modern education. Drawing on examples from modern poetry, literature and visual art, it is an eloquent and passionate argument for the need to develop ethical and aesthetic energies to confront the growing vacuity of contemporary culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415297929
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/02/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Plates
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
Pt. IThe poetics of education7
1The arts, postmodern culture and the inner dynamic of authentic education9
2On the spiritual in art, culture and education26
3The rise and fall of the new arts paradigm in education44
Pt. 2The poetics of culture63
4The three faces of wisdom: literature and the arts as radical routes to understanding65
5The creative word and the creative life: a cultural map of autobiography from classical Greece to the postmodern crisis85
6Music, metaphor, meaning: a poetics before and after postmodernism106
7Thirty-nine notes towards a new metaphysical poetry117
8Art against the Zeitgeist: on the work of four contemporary art-makers130
Coda153
Notes154
Bibliography162
Index167

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