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Aesthetics in Perspective

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ISBN-10: 0534642101

ISBN-13: 9780534642105

Edition: 1996

Authors: Kathleen M. Higgins

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Reissued for 2003! This comprehensive anthology offers a vast collection of classic and contemporary readings in aesthetics from both western and non-western sources. It is organized topically into four parts: Art and the Nature of Beauty, Interpreting and Evaluating Art, Challenges to the Tradition and Beyond the West.
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Book details

List price: $199.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 832
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.058
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Art and the Nature of Beauty
What Is Beauty and Where Has It Gone?
"The Form of Beauty"
"Beauty's Influence"
"The Form of a Tragedy"
"Of the Standard of Taste"
"The Four Moments"
"On Beauty and Ugliness"
"Apollo and Dionysus"
What Is Art?
"The Artworld"
"The Role of Theory in Aesthetics"
"Art as a Social Institution"
"Piece: Contra Aesthetics"
"The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"
"The Affecting Presence"
Art, Truth, and Reality
"Art and Appearance"
"The Decay of Lying"
"Paleolithic Aesthetics: The Psychology of Cave Art"
"Artistic Crimes: The Problem of Forgery in the Arts"
The Japanese Appreciation of Nature"
"Experimental Music"
Art as a Vehicle for Aesthetic Experience
"It's Amazing and It's Profound"
"A Quickened Sense of Life"
"Psychical Distance"
"The Dehumanization of Art"
"The Myth of the Aesthetic Attitude"
Art and Ethics
"Plato and the Mass Media"
"Music"
"The Ethical Significance of Modern Art"
"Words Apart"
"Goodness Knows Nothing of Beauty"
"The New Critics"
"Art and the Moral Imperative: Analyzing Activist Art"
"Behold Now Behemoth"
Art and Our Institutions
"Arts and the State"
"Misunderstanding Obscenity"
"The Worship of Art: Notes on the New God"
"Destroying Works of Art"
"The Malignant Object: Thoughts on Public Sculpture"
"The Vietnam Veterans Memorial"
Interpreting and Evaluating Art
Creation and Inspiration
"Inspiration as Magnetism"
"Constructing a Tragedy"
"The Nature of Genius"
"On Genius"
"Letters to a Young Poet"
"Daybook: The Journal of an Artist"
"On the Mental Image"
"Zen in the Art of Archery"
Should We Focus on Form?
"Aesthetic Form"
"The Limits of Formal Analysis"
"On the Musically Beautiful"
"Balanchine's Formalism"
"Other Criteria"
"Repetition and the Series"
"Advertising--End of Story"
Art as Expressing or Arousing Emotion
"What Is Art?"
"Emotion in Response to Significant Form"
"The Symbol of Feeling"
"Expressing Emotion"
"The Concept of Artistic Expression"
"Fiction, Imagination and Emotion"
"Why Listen to Sad Music if It Makes One Feel Sad?"
"The Nature of Kitsch"
"Kitsch and Hedonism"
Intention and Interpretation
"The Intentional Fallacy"
"Computer Poems"
"Messages in Art"
"The 'Historically Authentic' Performance"
"The Colorization Controversy"
Art as the Sign of Its Time and Place
"The Ages of Art"
"Concerning the Spiritual in Art"
"Approaching the End of Art"
"Hawaiian Hula"
"Oil Painting"
"'Love Me Do': The Aesthetics of Sensuousness"
Challenges to the Tradition
Beyond Traditional Models
"The Fine Art of Rap"
"Understanding Performance Art"
"The Structuralist Activity"
"Deconstruction and the Energizer Bunny Rabbit"
"Is the Post- in Postmodernism the Post- in Postcolonial?"
"The Chicano Movement/The Movement of Chicano Art"
Racism and Sexism in the Arts
"Huck at 100"
"Look, a Negro!"
"Why Are There No Great Women Artists?"
"Black Dance and Dancers and the White Public--A Prolegomenon to Problems of Definition"
"Can White People Sing the Blues?"
"The Image of Women in Film"
"Desiring Women: The Aesthetics of Japanese Erotic Art"
"Playfulness, 'World'-Traveling, and Loving Perception"
Popular Culture and Everyday Life
"Cartoons"
"On Photography"
"Are the Three Stooges Funny? Soitainly!"
"Aesthetic Qualities"
"The Pillow Book"
"By Pausing before a Kicho"
"On Elegance in Japan"
"The Domestic Aesthetic"
"Introduction to Fires in the Mirror"
Beyond the West
Aesthetics around the World
"Principles of Traditional African Art"
"African Music"
"Chinese Aesthetics"
"Old Age in the Chinese Mountain Landscape"
"Japanese Aesthetics"
"Rasa: Delight of the Reason"
"Islamic Art ... Submission to Divine Will"
"Aesthetics as Iconicity of Style"
"Aztec Aesthetics"
"The Surrealist Continent"
"Navajo Aesthetics: Beautifying the World through Art"
List of Readings by Medium
List of Cases Discussed
Glossary
Bibliography
Index