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Art and Life in Aestheticism: De-Humanizing and Re-Humanizing Art, the Artist and the Artistic Receptor
     

Art and Life in Aestheticism: De-Humanizing and Re-Humanizing Art, the Artist and the Artistic Receptor

by Kelly Comfort
 

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Art and Life in Aestheticism examines the relationship between the aesthetic and the human realms over the past two hundred years of aestheticism's genealogy in Europe and the Americas. The chronological and transnational scope permits a consideration of the potential social import of literary and artistic creations that purportedly exist for their own sake. Drawing

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Art and Life in Aestheticism examines the relationship between the aesthetic and the human realms over the past two hundred years of aestheticism's genealogy in Europe and the Americas. The chronological and transnational scope permits a consideration of the potential social import of literary and artistic creations that purportedly exist for their own sake. Drawing on and expanding the concept of de-humanization put forth by Jose Ortega y Gasset, contributors determine whether or not the de-humanization of art leads to re-humanization, that is, to a deepened relationship between the aesthetic sphere and the world at large, or between the artist or the artistic receptor and his or her human existence. Although not all contributors locate a corresponding process of rehumanization to match, counter, or accompany aestheticism's dehumanizing impulse, they share in the volume's mission of rethinking the underpinnings of the aestheticism movement and its complex treatment of art and life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230266544
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/23/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
668 KB

Meet the Author

ROBERT ARCHAMBEAU is Associate Professor at Lake Forest College, USA
KAEL ASHBAUGH is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, USA
GENE H. BELL-VILLADA is Professor of Romance Languages at Williams College, USA
BEN DE BRUYN is a research assistant at the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) in connection with the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.
ANDREW EASTHAM is a visiting lecturer at King's College London, UK
PAUL FOX is Associate Professor of Literature at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates
SARAH GARLAND teaches American Literature and Culture at the University of East Anglia, UK
YVONNE IVORY is Assistant Professor of German at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA
ILEANA MARIN is Associate Professor at Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania and is currently attending the Textual Studies Program at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA
MARGUERITTE MURPHY is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at Bentley College, USA
DANIEL M. SHEA is Assistant Professor of English at Mount Saint Mary College, USA
CHARLES SUMNER is completing his dissertation at the University of California, Berkeley, USA

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