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Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime : Aesthetics Today - Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe

Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime

Aesthetics Today

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Esteemed critic, painter, and writer Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe offers a provocative critique of beauty in relation to the contemporary notion of the sublime, which is now found in technology and a high-powered economy rather than in nature. Refuting established views, this book questions today's ideas of beauty, including those applied to contemporary art, and proposes a secular theory of beauty as glamorous rather than good, frivolous rather than serious. An illuminating read, this book provides excellent course material for classes in philosophy, cultural studies, art history, and aesthetics.

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Acknowledgmentsp. VII
Introduction: Sublimitas Mobilisp. VIII
There Is a Historical Context: (Not) Only the Strong (Signs) Survivep. 1
Sublimely Suburban
Helplessly Attractive
The Attack: Painting and the Invention of Photography (Forget Duchamp)p. 19
Continuous Surface
Electric Dematerialization
Beauty and the Contemporary Sublimep. 41
The Differential
Art History
Positively Heteronomous
The Attraction: Painting and the Photographic Modelp. 87
Walking in a Gaze
Understanding Media
Blankness As a Signifierp. 109
The End of Absence
After Gunpowder
The Visible Post-Human in the Technological Sublimep. 125
Scientific Capitalism
Being Disturbed, or Deferred
A Last Word about Beautyp. 145
Indexp. 151
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ISBN: 9781581150377
ISBN-10: 1581150377
Series: Aesthetics Today
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 1st February 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3