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Criticism and Modernity : Aesthetics, Literature, and Nations in Europe and its Academies - Thomas Docherty

Criticism and Modernity

Aesthetics, Literature, and Nations in Europe and its Academies

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9780198185017
Number Of Pages: 256

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Criticism and Modernity traces the conditions under which criticism emerges as a socio-cultural practice within the institutionalized forms of European modernity and democracy. It argues that criticism is born out of anxieties about national supremacy in the late seventeenth century, with the consequence that the emergent national cultures of the eighteenth century and since become sites for the regulation of the democratic subject through the academic form of arguments about the proper relations of aesthetics to ethics and politics. The central issue is that of legitimation: how can subjective aesthetic experiences regulate the norms of ethical justice? That question is posed not as an abstract philosophical issue, but rather as a question properly located within the struggles for national culture. The usual Germanic source of modern aesthetics and criticism is here placed in the broader European context, involving contests between England, France, Scotland, Ireland, and the emergent Germany and Italy. Writers addressed include Corneille, Dryden, Molière, Shaftesbury, Hutcheson, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Schopenhauer; and, throughout, the legacy of these thinkers is found in the most recent contemporary theory, in work by Agamben, Badiou, Lyotard, MacIntyre, and others. A closing chapter considers the formation of the university across modern Europe, in Vico's Naples, Humboldt's Berlin, Newman's Dublin, Blair's Edinburgh, the France of Alain and Benda, the England of Leavis, as well as our contemporary institutional predicaments.

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`arresting and serious.' David Watson, Lit & History, Vol.9, No.1.

Introduction Section I. Criticism and National Theatricality Tragedy and the Nationalist Condition of Criticism Love as the European Humour Section II. The Subject of Democracy The Culture of Benevolence Democracy Time and Time Again The Politics of Singularity Section III. Aesthetic Education Pessimism, Community, and Utopia in Aesthetic Education Education, English, and Criticism in the University Index

ISBN: 9780198185017
ISBN-10: 0198185014
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st April 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.18 x 16.26  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.41