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Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age - Emory Elliott

Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age

By: Emory Elliott (Editor), Lou Freitas Caton (Editor), Jeffrey Rhyne (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2002
ISBN: 9780195146325
Number Of Pages: 320

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Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age examines a variety of significant multidisciplinary and multicultural topics within the subject of aesthetics. Addressing the vexed relation of the arts and criticism to current political and cultural concerns, the contributors to this volume attempt to bridge the two decades-old gap between scholars and critics who hold conflicting views of the purposes of art and criticism. By exploring some of the ways in which global migration and expanding ethnic diversity are affecting cultural productions and prompting reassessment of the nature and role of aesthetic discourse, this volume provides a new evaluation of aesthetic ideas and practices within contemporary arts and letters.

"This collection is an important project, the topics addressed by the contributors timely and crucial. Can humanities professors maintain aesthetic values without slipping into elitism? Can they execute political critique without turning ham-fisted and illiberal? Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age is an important step in establishing a middle way, drawing the humanities out of the old Culture Wars contraries and into a more productive, less fractious mode of teaching and research."--Mark Bauerlein, Emory University "Finally! A book that gets rid of the false opposition between aesthetics and multiculturalism. We live in an exciting time when a vibrant generation of artists and critics are not only championing the aesthetic but are also challenging conventional ideas about exactly what counts as the beautiful. Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age reminds us that poetics and politics often make the coziest of bedfellows."--Cathy N. Davidson, Duke University "This collection is an important project, the topics addressed by the contributors timely and crucial. Can humanities professors maintain aesthetic values without slipping into elitism? Can they execute political critique without turning ham-fisted and illiberal? Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age is an important step in establishing a middle way, drawing the humanities out of the old Culture Wars contraries and into a more productive, less fractious mode of teaching and research."--Mark Bauerlein, Emory University "Finally! A book that gets rid of the false opposition between aesthetics and multiculturalism. We live in an exciting time when a vibrant generation of artists and critics are not only championing the aesthetic but are also challenging conventional ideas about exactly what counts as the beautiful. Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age reminds us that poetics and politics often make the coziest of bedfellows."--Cathy N. Davidson, Duke University

Contributors
Introduction: Cultural Diversity and the Problem of Aesthetics
Challenges to an Aesthetics of Diversity
Can Our Values Be Objective? On Ethics, Aesthetics, and Progressive Politics
The Pragmatics of the Aesthetic
Aesthetics and Cultural Studies
The Resistance to Cultural Studies
Redefining Categories of Value and Difference
Desegregating American Literary Studies
Difference and Disciplinarity
Doing Justice to C.L.R. James's Mariners, Renegades, and Castaways
Mumbo Jumbo, Theory, and the Aesthetics of Wholeness
Aesthetic Judgment and the Public Sphere
Aesthetics Again? The Pleasures and the Dangers
"Every man knows where and how beauty gives him pleasure": Beauty Discourse and the Logic of Aesthetics
The Aesthetics of Wounding: Trauma, Self-Representation, and the Critical Voice
Beautiful Identities: When History Turns State's Evidence
Toward a Pluralist Aesthetics
Afterword
Index
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ISBN: 9780195146325
ISBN-10: 0195146328
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st February 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.52