The author, art, and the market : rereading the history of aesthetics /
Martha Woodmansee.
New York : Columbia University Press, c1994.
xv, 200 p.
0231080603 (alk. paper)
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New York : Columbia University Press, c1994.
0231080603 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-06:
Woodmansee presents a series of close readings of relatively neglected texts in the history of aesthetics. Her purpose is to examine texts that helped engender a sensibility ultimately expressed in what are now regarded as canonical texts of aesthetics. As a result, connections and contexts not adequately investigated previously are examined. This book is a needed supplement to the more breezier and wide-ranging studies currently available. Its narrowly defined focus, however, earmarks it for research-oriented libraries. Misleadingly titled, the book is not a general overview of the history of aesthetics or even of one period in aesthetics but a collection of readings of texts from the late 18th to the early 19th century. Even chapter titles can be misleading. A chapter announcing a "rereading of Schiller's Aesthetic Letters" actually has little to say about Schiller and nothing to say about the Aesthetic Letters. A chapter on Kant in England does not adequately address Kant, though as the initial chapter suggests, Kant seems to hang over this book. Instead of addressing the crucial role of aesthetics in the elaboration of both the ethical and the political in Kantian philosophy, however, the book rehearses a now-too-familiar depiction of Kant as the originator of the notion of aesthetics as the elision of history and politics. Woodmansee's constantly implied critique of canonical aesthetics texts needs to be substantiated by more thorough analysis. Graduate; faculty. S. Barnett; Central Connecticut State University
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Rereading the History of Aestheticsp. 1
The Interests in Disinterestednessp. 11
Genius and the Copyrightp. 35
Aesthetic Autonomy as a Weapon in Cultural Politics: Rereading the Aesthetic Lettersp. 57
Aesthetics and the Policing of Readingp. 87
Engendering Artp. 103
The Uses of Kant in Englandp. 111
Notesp. 149
Works Citedp. 179
Indexp. 195
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