The New Aestheticism

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John J. Joughin, Simon Malpas
Manchester University Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 242 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

semblance Ewa Plonowska Ziarek
51
Simon Malpas
83
The Alexandrian aesthetic Howard Caygill
99
Defending poetry or is there an early modern aesthetic?
119
Hamlet adaptation and the work of following
131
Critical knowledge scientific knowledge and the truth of literature
151
towards an archaeology of modernism
167
Kant and the ends of criticism Gary Banham
193
notes on the art of the contemporary
208
Joanna Hodge
218
Index
237
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John J. Joughin is Reader in English at the University of Central Lancashire. Simon Malpas is Lecturer in English at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

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