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Is art good for us? : beliefs about high culture in American life

Author: Joli Jensen
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Are the arts good for us? This work questions our taken-for-granted assumptions about the transformational powers of high culture by critiquing an instrumental American heritage of beliefs about the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joli Jensen
ISBN: 0742517403 9780742517400 0742517411 9780742517417
OCLC Number: 894995351
Description: viii, 231 s. ; 24 cm
Contents: Exemplary voices: Tocqueville, Whitman, and Mumford --
Arts for renewal, revolution, conservation, and subversion --
Art as antidote: the mass culture debates --
Art as elixir: contemporary arts discourse --
Art as experience: John Dewey's aesthetics --
Conclusion: the value of expressive logic
Responsibility: Joli Jensen

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In this brilliant work, Joli Jensen speaks with the reach and range and assurance of the public intellectuals she has read so carefully. She shows that 'we have not been thinking or talking wisely or Read more...

 
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