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The primitive, the aesthetic, and the savage : an Enlightenment problematic

Author: Tony C Brown
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tony C. Brown examines "the inescapable yet infinitely troubling figure of the not-quite-nothing" in Enlightenment attempts to think about the aesthetic and the savage. The various texts Brown considers-including the writings of Addison, Rousseau, Kant, and Defoe-turn to exotic figures in order to delimit the aesthetic, and to aesthetics in order to comprehend the savage. In his intriguing exploration Brown  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Brown, Tony C.
Primitive, the Aesthetic, and the Savage : An Enlightenment Problematic.
Minnesota : University of Minnesota Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tony C Brown
ISBN: 9780816682683 0816675627 9780816675623 0816675635 9780816675630 0816682682 9780816682683
OCLC Number: 834618591
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 278 pages :) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: An enlightenment problematic --
The primitive --
The aesthetic --
The savage --
Joseph Addison's China --
Kant's tattooed New Zealanders --
Adding history to a footprint in Robinson Crusoe --
Indian mounds in the end-of-the-line mode --
Conclusion: ... as if Europe existed.
Responsibility: Tony C. Brown.

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Tony C. Brown examines "the inescapable yet infinitely troubling figure of the not-quite-nothing" in Enlightenment attempts to think about the aesthetic and the savage. The various texts Brown considers-including the writings of Addison, Rousseau, Kant, and Defoe-turn to exotic figures in order to delimit the aesthetic, and to aesthetics in order to comprehend the savage. In his intriguing exploration Brown discovers that the primitive introduces into the aesthetic and the savage an element that proves necessary yet difficult to conceive. At its most profound, Brown explains, thi.

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"Mounting a strong critique of historicism in recent literary studies for implying causal relations, Tony Brown attends instead to the conditions of possibility of history. In "The Primitive, the Read more...

 
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