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The Mask of Art : Breaking the Aesthetic Contractafilm and Literature - Clyde Romer Hughes Taylor

The Mask of Art

Breaking the Aesthetic Contractafilm and Literature

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Published: 22nd November 1998
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"In this critique of aesthetics and the politics of representation, Taylor demonstrates astonishing breadth and depth in arguing for 'breaking the aesthetic contract' that excludes anything that does not conform to Eurocentric notions of beauty.... it brings to black studies and cultural critique an internationalism that emphasizes the richness of forms of creative expression outside the norms set by European aesthetics. Highly recommended..." -- Choice

Cultural critic Clyde Taylor exposes the concept of "art" as a tool of ethnocentricity and racial ideology. By examining various texts including The Birth of a Nation and The Cotton Club, Taylor demonstrates how rationales of "art" are used to mask personal, class, and cultural biases. Other works such as those by Toni Morrison, Chinua Achebe, and Spike Lee are scrutinized in terms of resistance to the dominant system of aesthetics.

"In this critique of aesthetics and the politics of representation, Taylor demonstrates astonishing breadth and depth in arguing for 'breaking the aesthetic contract' that excludes anything that does not conform to Eurocentric notions of beauty... it brings to black studies and cultural critique an internationalism that emphasizes the richness of forms of creative expression outside the norms set by European aesthetics. Highly recommended ..." --Choice

Preface and Acknowledgment
Color-Coded Art Theoryp. 3
The Art of Ethnic Cleansingp. 38
Discipline and Punish: The Control of Cultural Meaningp. 53
A Drowning Man Offers You His Hand: Salvaging the Aestheticp. 70
The Rebirth of the Aesthetic in Cinemap. 103
The Aesthetic, the Moviep. 124
The Ironies of Majority-Minority Discoursep. 153
The Ironies of Aesopianismp. 176
Radical Ethiopicismp. 197
The Grammar of Resistancep. 219
The Self-Authenticating Narrativep. 240
The Imperfect Narrative of Resistancep. 254
Daughters of the Terreirosp. 274
Conclusion: But Is It Art?p. 289
Notesp. 311
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780253211927
ISBN-10: 0253211921
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 22nd November 1998
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.44  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.51