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Scandal of Pleasure Art in an Age of Fundamentalism

ISBN-10: 0226772241

ISBN-13: 9780226772240

Edition: 1995 (Reprint)

Authors: Wendy Steiner

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Surveying a wide range of cultural controversies, from the Mapplethorpe affair to Salman Rushdie's death sentence, from canon-revision in the academy to the scandals that have surrounded Anthony Blunt, Martin Heidegger, and Paul de Man, Wendy Steiner shows that the fear and outrage they inspired are the result of dangerous misunderstanding about the relationship between art and life. "Stimulating. . . . A splendid rebuttal of those on the left and right who think that the pleasures induced by art are trivial or dangerous. . . . One of the most powerful defenses of the potentiality of art."--Andrew Delbanco, New York Times Book Review "A concise and . . . readable account of recent contretemps that have galvanized the debate over the role and purposes of art. . . . [Steiner] writes passionately about what she believes in."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times "This is one of the few works of cultural criticism that is actually intelligible to the nonspecialist reader. . . . Steiner's perspective is fresh and her perceptions invariably shrewd, far-ranging, and reasonable. A welcome association of sense and sensibility."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Steiner has succeeded so well in [the] task she has undertaken. The Scandal of Pleasure is itself characterized by many of the qualities Steiner demans of art, among them, complexity, tolerance and the pleasures of unfettered thought."--Eleanor Heartly, Art in America "Steiner . . . provides the best and clearest short presentation of each of [the] debates."--Alexander Nehamas, Boston Book Review "Steiner has done a fine job as a historian/reporter and as a writer of sophisticated, very clear, cultural criticism. Her reportage alone would be enough to make this a distinguished book."--Mark Edmundson, Lingua Franca
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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/24/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 263
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction The Arts Embattled
The Perfect Moment
The Literalism of the Left
Fetish or Fatwa?
Caliban in the Ivory Tower
La Trahison des Clercs
Conclusion Enlightened Beguilement