The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic (Bloomsbury Studies in by Monique Roelofs

By Monique Roelofs

Aesthetic wish and distaste major lifestyle in amazing methods. The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic casts much-needed gentle at the advanced mixture of meanings our aesthetic actions weave into cultural existence.

Anchoring aesthetic adventure in our relations with individuals, locations, and issues, Monique Roelofs explores aesthetic lifestyles as a multimodal, socially embedded, corporeal recreation. Highlighting notions of relationality, handle, and promising, this compelling examine exhibits those ideas at paintings in visions of good looks, ugliness, element, country, lack of awareness, and cultural boundary. unforeseen aesthetic pleasures and pains crop up in websites the place ardour, notion, rationality, and mind's eye pass jointly but additionally are in clash. Bonds among aesthetics and politics are cast and reforged.

Cross-disciplinary in outlook, and fascinating the paintings of theorists and artists starting from David Hume to Theodor W. Adorno, Frantz Fanon, Clarice Lispector, and Barbara Johnson, The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic lays open the interpretive net that offers aesthetic organisation its sizeable reach.

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