The Work of Art: Immanence and Transcendence / Edition 1

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What art is—its very nature—is the subject of this book by one of the most distinguished continental theorists writing today. Informed by the aesthetics of Nelson Goodman and referring to a wide range of cultures, contexts, and media, The Work of Art seeks to discover, explain, and define how art exists and how it works. To this end, Gérard Genette explores the distinction between a work of art's immanence—its physical presence—and transcendence—the experience it induces. That experience may go far beyond the object itself.Genette situates art within the broad realm of human practices, extending from the fine arts of music, painting, sculpture, and literature to humbler but no less fertile fields such as haute couture and the culinary arts. His discussion touches on a rich array of examples and is bolstered by an extensive knowledge of the technology involved in producing and disseminating a work of art, regardless of whether that dissemination is by performance, reproduction, printing, or recording. Moving beyond examples, Genette proposes schemata for thinking about the different manifestations of a work of art. He also addresses the question of the artwork's duration and mutability.
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"One must admire these books for their interesting and well-chosen examples, drawn from a wide-ranging experience in practically all the arts, and for their well-informed thoughtfulness. . . .Those interested in an aesthetic theory applicable to all the arts will find these volumes informative, provocative, challenging, and quite rewarding."—Harold F. Mosher, Style, Summer 1999

"The lucidity, elegance, and sophistication that have always characterized Genette's writing are present in his new study as well."—Eyal Segal, Poetics Today, Summer 2002

"Genette's exploration of the ontology of art builds a bridge between poststructuralist and analytic work on the theory of the arts. I see Genette's move in the direction of a sophisticated fusion of continental and analytic sources as a highly promising event."—Paisley Livingston, McGill University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801482724
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's note
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 The Autographic Regime 29
Ch. 3 Unique Objects 32
Ch. 4 Multiple Objects 43
Ch. 5 Performances 56
Ch. 6 The Allographic Regime 73
Ch. 7 Reduction 82
Ch. 8 Immanence and Manifestations 91
Ch. 9 The Conceptual State 135
Ch. 10 Will This Kill That? 156
Ch. 11 Plural Immanences 163
Ch. 12 Partial Manifestations 211
Ch. 13 The Plural Work 230
Bibliography 259
Index 265
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