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Emotion and the Arts - Mette Hjort

Emotion and the Arts

By: Mette Hjort (Editor), Sue Laver (Editor)

Paperback Published: 4th September 1997
ISBN: 9780195111057
Number Of Pages: 320

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The only work of its kind, this exciting collection assembles a number of analytically minded philosophers, psychologists, and literary theorists, all of whom seek to provide fine-grained accounts of critical problems having to do with emotion and art.
How best to explain emotions produced by works of art? What goes on when we feel emotion for an abstract art such as music? How is it that we can intelligibly feel emotion for persons and situations that we know are fictional? What is involved in our empathic experience of negative emotion through the art of tragedy?
A strongly interdisciplinary volume that captures the richness of current debates about the role of agency in human emotional response, this collection also considers the influence of culture on emotion and demonstrates that cognitivist and social- constructivist perspectives need not be antagonistic and may actually work together in a complementary way. Essays cluster under four rubrics--"The Paradox of Fiction," "Emotion and its Expression through Art," "The Rationality of Emotional Responses to Art," and "The Value of Emotion"--and together they address questions of emotion in film, painting, music, dance, literature, and theater.
With new work by leading thinkers in the field of aesthetics, and drawing upon state of the art scholarship from areas such as cognitive science, literary studies, and contemporary ethics, Emotion and the Arts is essential reading for those who study aesthetics, literature, theories of emotion, and the mind.

Industry Reviews

"Mette Hjort and Sue Laver have put together a useful collection of essays on the relationship between art and emotion....this is an important assemblage of essays. The combination of disciplines that contribute to the varying perspectives makes it a truly interdisciplinary and controversial collection. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to have an understanding of the connection between art and emotion. It is high time that such a comprehensive collection was put forth on this essential topic in aesthetics."--The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introductionp. 3
Notesp. 19
Emotion in Response to Art A Survey of the Terrainp. 20
The Paradox of Fictionp. 35
Spelunking, Simulation, and Slime:On Being Moved by Fictionp. 37
Imagining Emotions and Appreciating Fictionp. 50
The Paradox of Caring:Fiction and the Philosophy of Mindp. 63
The Paradox of Fiction the Report Versus the Perceptual Modelp. 78
Emotion and Its Expression Through Artp. 93
Contra the Hypothetical Persona in Musicp. 95
Emotion in Musicp. 110
Emotion and Emotions in Theatre Dancep. 119
The Rationality of Emotional Responses to Artp. 137
On Looking into Titian's Assumptionp. 139
Evaluating Emotional Responses to Fictionp. 157
Fetishism and Objectivity in Aesthetic Emotionp. 177
Art, Narrative, and Emotionp. 190
The Value of Emotionp. 213
Toward A Poetics of Emotionp. 215
In Defense of Sentimentalityp. 225
The Anaesthetics of Emotionp. 246
Emotions and Identification:Connections Between Readers and Fictionp. 263
Referencesp. 283
Contributorsp. 299
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ISBN: 9780195111057
ISBN-10: 0195111052
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 4th September 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.34 x 15.67  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.46