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The scandal of pleasure : art in an age of fundamentalism

Author: Wendy Steiner
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1995.
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The Scandal of Pleasure is a report from the battle-ground of contemporary culture, a landscape littered with the remains of vilified artworks and discredited orthodoxies. Caught between extremists of the right and the left, standing mutely by as culture wars rage, liberal defenders of art have failed to explain the special value of aesthetic experience. This book counters the rise of fundamentalist thinking about  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Steiner
ISBN: 0226772233 9780226772233 0226772241 9780226772240
OCLC Number: 32510830
Description: xii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: List of Illustrations --
Preface --
Introduction The Arts Embattled --
1. The Perfect Moment --
2. The Literalism of the Left --
3. Fetish or Fatwa? --
4. Caliban in the Ivory Tower --
5. La Trahison des Clercs --
Conclusion Enlightened Beguilement --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Wendy Steiner.
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