On Trust: Art and the Temptations of Suspicion

On Trust: Art and the Temptations of Suspicion

by Gabriel Josipovici

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Overview

Is it possible to create art freely today and yet produce works that are more than merely decorative or commercial? asks Gabriel Josipovici in this wide-ranging book. The suspicion that art is both frivolous and deceptive has a relatively short history, he explains, and he turns to works created in "cultures of trust"-Homer, the Hebrew Bible, Dante, and Shakespeare-in order to understand Romantic suspicion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300079913
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface viii
Introduction 1(5)
The age of suspicion
6(19)
Lightness and gravity
25(24)
Excursus I A tale of a heel and a hip
49(18)
Dante: trusting the mother tongue
67(26)
Shakespeare: trust and suspicion at play
93(27)
Excursus II red blood white snow
120(25)
Romantic doubts
145(28)
Proust and the face of true goodness
173(25)
Franz Kafka: the innocent pretence
198(31)
'Dear incomprehension!': Beckett and trust
229(25)
Kinetic melodies
254(22)
Notes 276(14)
Index 290

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