The Life and Death of Images / Edition 1

The Life and Death of Images / Edition 1

by Diarmuid Costello
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801474558

ISBN-13: 9780801474552

Pub. Date: 03/13/2008

Publisher: Cornell University Press

During the 1970s and 1980s the discourse surrounding aesthetics largely disappeared from the study of art history, theory, and cultural studies. Claims for the aesthetic value of artworks were thought elitist and politically regressive. The 1990s witnessed a return to aesthetics, but one that stressed the independent claims of beauty in reaction to its perceived

Overview

During the 1970s and 1980s the discourse surrounding aesthetics largely disappeared from the study of art history, theory, and cultural studies. Claims for the aesthetic value of artworks were thought elitist and politically regressive. The 1990s witnessed a return to aesthetics, but one that stressed the independent claims of beauty in reaction to its perceived suppression by ethical and political imperatives. Beauty, however, is just one aspect of the aesthetic. In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the ways in which aesthetics and ethics are intertwined. In The Life and Death of Images some of the world's leading cultural thinkers engage in dialogue with one another concerning this "new" aesthetics. In provocative and accessible fashion, they demonstrate its relevance to a range of disciplines including analytic and continental philosophy, art history, theory and practice, cultural history and visual culture, rhetoric and comparative literature. While the focus is primarily on artworks, contributors also consider other forms of imagery that raise questions about the boundaries between art and non-art, about beauty, and about the ethics of aesthetics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801474552
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/13/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction   Diarmuid Costello   Dominic Willsdon     7
I
In Praise of Pure Violence (Matisse's War)   J M Bernstein     37
Response to J M Bernstein   Judith Butler     56
Beyond Seduction and Morality: Benjamin's Early Aesthetics   Judith Butler     63
Response to Judith Butler   J M Bernstein     82
II
Art and Alienation   Noel Carroll     89
Response to Noel Carroll   Adrian Piper     110
Political Art and the Paradigm of Innovation   Adrian Piper     119
Response to Adrian Piper   Noel Carroll     134
III
Do Artists Speak on Behalf of All of Us?   Thierry de Duve     139
Response to Thierry de Duve   Howard Caygill     157
The Destruction of Art   Howard Caygill     162
Response to Howard Caygill   Thierry de Duve     174
IV
Cloning Terror: The War of Images 2001-04   W J T Mitchell     179
Response to W J T Mitchell   Griselda Pollock     208
Dying, Seeing, Feeling: Transforming the Ethical Space of Feminist Aesthetics   Griselda Pollock     213
Response to Griselda Pollock   W J T Mitchell     236
Notes     241

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