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The aesthetic contract : statutes of art and intellectual work in modernity

Author: Henry Sussman
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford Univ. Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book offers an overview and critique of the conventions surrounding artistic creativity and intellectual endeavor which began with the decline of feudalism in the church.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Sussman
ISBN: 0804728429 9780804728423 0804728437 9780804728430
OCLC Number: 185858890
Description: 319 s. : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: criticism and cartography; Part I. The Emergence of the Artist as Priest in a Secular Art Religion: 1. Portraits of modernity; 2. Framing modernity: Protestant and critical reformations; 3. The knowledge of modernity: tragedy and empiricism; 4. Melancholic borders: from Trauerspiel to 'Michael Kohlhaas'; 5. Kant and the anointment of the modern artist; Part II. Untimely Propositions on the Contracting of Art in Modernity: 6. Corollaries to the aesthetic contract; 7. Maxima moralia: millennial fragments on the public and private dimensions of language; Part III. The World at Large: Systematic Expansionism on the Threshold of Modernity's Realization: 8. From social to aesthetic contract; 9. Between sublimities: Melville, Whaling, and the melodrama of incest; Conclusion: parting shots: final portraits; Notes; Index.
Responsibility: Henry Sussman.

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