Art and Emotion

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Matravers examines how emotions form the bridge between our experience of art and of life. We often find that a particular poem, painting, or piece of music carries an emotional charge; and we may experience emotions toward, or on behalf of, a particular fictional character. Matravers shows that what these experiences have in common, and what links them to the expression of emotion in non-artistic cases, is the role played by feeling. He carries out a critical survey of various accounts of the nature of fiction,...
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Overview


Matravers examines how emotions form the bridge between our experience of art and of life. We often find that a particular poem, painting, or piece of music carries an emotional charge; and we may experience emotions toward, or on behalf of, a particular fictional character. Matravers shows that what these experiences have in common, and what links them to the expression of emotion in non-artistic cases, is the role played by feeling. He carries out a critical survey of various accounts of the nature of fiction, attacks contemporary cognitivist accounts of expression, and offers an uncompromising defense of a controversial view about musical expression: that music works by expressing the emotions it causes its listeners to feel.
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"An important and convincing [book]...should be read by anyone interested in the relation between art and the emotions."--Times Higher Education Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199243167
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Derek Matravers is Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University, and was previously a Research Fellow at Cambridge University, where he continues to teach philosophy.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Emotions
3. 'Fearing Fictions'
4. Engaging Fictions
5. Causal Stories
6. Expression and Metaphor
7. The Cognitive Theory
8. Defending the Arousal Theory
9. The Musical Experience
10. Belief and Experience
11. Creation and Criticism
Bibliography, Index

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