The fear of aesthetics in art and literary theory
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Is aesthetics, as has recently been claimed, now able to meet the accusations often levelled against it? This essay examines counters to three of the most common: that aesthetics is based around overly narrow conceptions of "art" and "the aesthetic"; that aesthetics is politically disengaged; and that aesthetics fails to engage with actual art objects and their histories.
Rose , S 2017 , ' The fear of aesthetics in art and literary theory ' , New Literary History , vol. 48 , no. 2 , pp. 223-244 . https://doi.org/10.1353/nlh.2017.0011
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DescriptionResearch for this essay was supported by: the Arts and Humanities Research Council; the Courtauld Institute of Art; and Peterhouse, Cambridge.
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