The New Aestheticism

Synopsis

The rise of literary theory spawned the rise of anti-aestheticism, so that even for cultural theorists, discussions concerning aesthetics were often carried out in a critical shorthand that failed to engage with the particularity of the work of art, much less the specificities of aesthetic experience. This book introduces the notion of a new aestheticism--"new" insofar as it identifies a turn taken by a number of important contemporary thinkers towards the idea that focussing on the specifically aesthetic impact of a work of art or literature has the potential to open radically different ways of thinking about identity, politics and culture.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Thomas Docherty
  • Jonathan Dollimore
  • Ewa Plonowska Ziarek
  • Andrew Bowie
  • Simon Malpas
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Manchester, England
Publication year:
  • 2003
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