Politics and Aesthetics in the Arts

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This volume brings together new essays from distinguished scholars in a variety of disciplines—philosophy, history, literary studies, art history—to explore various ways in which aesthetics, politics and the arts interact with one another. Together the essays demonstrate the need to counteract the reductionist view of the relationship between politics and the arts that prevails in different ways in both philosophy and critical theory. They suggest that the irreducibility of the aesthetic must prompt us to ...

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Overview

This volume brings together new essays from distinguished scholars in a variety of disciplines—philosophy, history, literary studies, art history—to explore various ways in which aesthetics, politics and the arts interact with one another. Together the essays demonstrate the need to counteract the reductionist view of the relationship between politics and the arts that prevails in different ways in both philosophy and critical theory. They suggest that the irreducibility of the aesthetic must prompt us to reconceive the political as it relates to human cultural activity.

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"...this is in many ways an interesting and exciting volume." Johan Modé, Philosophy in Review
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List of illustrations; List of contributors; Editors' acknowledgements; 1. Contesting the arts: politics and aesthetics Salim Kemal and Ivan Gaskell; 2. From the stage to the state: politics, form and performance in the Elizabethan theatre Louis Montrose; 3. Republican beauty, sublime democracy: civic humanism in Gadamer and Rawls J. M. Bernstein; 4. Travellers, colonizers, and the aesthetics of self-conception: Denis Diderot on the perils of detachment Anthony Pagden; 5. The aesthetics of nationalism and the limits of culture David Carroll; 6. Peripheral visions: class, cultural aspiration, and the artisan community in mid-nineteenth-century France Neil McWilliam; 7. The war of tradition: Virginia Woolf and the temper of criticism Daniel Cottom; 8. The discomfort of strangeness and beauty: art, politics, and aesthetics Peter de Bolla; 9. The political autonomy of contemporary art: the case of the 1993 Whitney Biennial Michael Kelly; Index.

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