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The Ashae Caribbean Literary Aesthetic in the Cuban Colombian Costa Rican and Panamanian Novel of Resistance

Author : Thomas Wayne Edison
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"This book contributes to understanding the important role that African-influenced spiritual cultures play in literature that challenges the concept that European aesthetics are superior to African-inspired cultures"--

Essays in Literary Aesthetics

Author : Ranjan K. Ghosh
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The book deals with philosophical issues concerning the understanding of the literary text and its distinctive nature, meaning, and relevance to life. It also provides an occasion to revisit many of the seminal ideas towards these ends by contextualizing them in the current ongoing philosophical discourse on art, in general, and literary art, in particular. Some of the questions addressed in this book are: What is a literary text? What do we understand by the concept of intention in the context of literary arts? Are the feelings experienced in a literary text real? What then is the sense of “truth” in literature which is fictional in character? What relevance do moral concerns and perceptions have in appreciation of the literary text? These are some of the seminal questions that are dealt with by critically responding to views of contemporary thinkers. In short, the book makes an attempt to provide a critical overview of contemporary debates and discussions of literary aesthetics mainly from a Western analytical perspective. The author argues that understanding a literary text is not a purely cognitive exercise; on the contrary, we experience aesthetic meaning or truth in terms of valuable insights that play a role in our understanding of life and emotions. This book is useful for scholars, researchers and students of philosophy and literature interested in aesthetics.

Literary Aesthetics of Trauma

Author : Reina Van der Wiel
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Literary Aesthetics of Trauma: Virginia Woolf and Jeanette Winterson investigates a fundamental shift, from the 1920s to the present day, in the way that trauma is aesthetically expressed. Modernism's emphasis on impersonality and narrative abstraction has been replaced by the contemporary trauma memoir and an ethical imperative to bear witness.

Pain and the Aesthetics of US Literary Realism

Author : Cynthia J. Davis
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Demonstrates the importance of physical pain to late-nineteenth century aesthetic sensibilities and, in particular, to American literary realism with a focus on the work of William Dean Howells, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Mark Twain, and Charles Chesnutt.

Chinese Aesthetics and Literature

Author : Corinne H. Dale
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Featuring the work of renowned scholars, this anthology provides an introduction to Chinese aesthetics and literature.

Kierkegaard and His German Contemporaries Literature and aesthetics

Author : Jon Bartley Stewart
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This third tome is dedicated to the German literary sources that were significant for Kierkegaard; in particular the work of authors from German Classicism and Romanticism. Important forerunners for many of Kierkegaard's literary motifs and characters can be found in the German literature of the day. His use of pseudonyms and his interest in irony were both profoundly influenced by German Romanticism. This volume demonstrates the extent to which Kierkegaard's views of criticism and aesthetics were decisively shaped by the work of German authors.

Literary Modernism and Musical Aesthetics

Author : Brad Bucknell
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Bucknell's study investigates how music, as a discrete artistic mode of expression and a recurring theme in the work of these four writers, reveals the intricate and varied nature of the modernist project."--Jacket.

American Literature s Aesthetic Dimensions

Author : Cindy Weinstein
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Rethinking the category of aesthetics in light of recent developments in literary theory and social criticism, the contributors to this volume showcase the interpretive possibilities available to those who bring politics, culture, ideology, and conceptions of identity into their critiques. Essays combine close readings of individual works and authors with more theoretical discussions of aesthetic theory and its relation to American literature. In their introduction, Weinstein and Looby argue that aesthetics never left American literary critique. Instead, the essay casts the current "return to aesthetics" as the natural consequence of shortcomings in deconstruction and new historicism, which led to a reconfiguration of aesthetics. Subsequent essays demonstrate the value and versatility of aesthetic considerations in literature, from eighteenth-century poetry to twentieth-century popular music. Organized into four groups—politics, form, gender, and theory—contributors revisit the canonical works of Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Stephen Crane, introduce the overlooked texts of Constance Fenimore Woolson and Earl Lind, and unpack the complexities of the music of The Carpenters. Deeply rooted in an American context, these essays explore literature's aesthetic dimensions in connection to American liberty and the formation of political selfhood. Contributors include Edward Cahill, Ivy G. Wilson, June Ellison, Dorri Beam, Christopher Castiglia, Christopher Looby, Wendy Steiner, Cindy Weinstein, Trish Loughran, Jonathan Freedman, Elisa New, Dorothy Hale, Mary Esteve, Eric Lott, Sianne Ngai

Volume 6 Tome III Kierkegaard and His German Contemporaries Literature and Aesthetics

Author : Jon Stewart
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This volume explores in detail Kierkegaard's various relations to his German contemporaries. Kierkegaard read German fluently and made extensive use of the writings of German-speaking authors. It can certainly be argued that, apart from his contemporary Danish sources, the German sources were probably the most important in the development of his thought generally. The volume has been divided into three tomes reflecting Kierkegaard's main areas of interest with regard to the German-speaking sources, namely, philosophy, theology and a more loosely conceived category, which has here been designated "literature and aesthetics." This third tome is dedicated to the German literary sources that were significant for Kierkegaard; in particular the work of authors from German Classicism and Romanticism. Important forerunners for many of Kierkegaard's literary motifs and characters can be found in the German literature of the day. His use of pseudonyms and his interest in irony were both profoundly influenced by German Romanticism. This volume demonstrates the extent to which Kierkegaard's views of criticism and aesthetics were decisively shaped by the work of German authors.

Kosegarten s Cultural Legacy Aesthetics Religion Literature Art and Music

Author : Lewis M. Holmes
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Ludwig Gotthard (Theobul) Kosegarten (1758-1818), whose books were burned by German nationalists in 1817, has for many years been seen as a pariah figure by German literary scholars. Only recently has his influence on cultural icons such as the composer Franz Schubert and the painter Caspar David Friedrich become more clearly defined. This companion volume to Lewis M. Holmes's Kosegarten: The Turbulent Life and Times of a Northern German Poet (Peter Lang, 2004) explores Kosegarten's contributions to aesthetics, theology, and literature, as well as the broad reception of his works by other writers, artists, and musicians. Extensive historical and cultural contextualization make Kosegarten's Cultural Legacy a valuable resource for university-level courses, especially in the areas of music, art, religion, and literature.