The interest in aesthetics in philosophy, literary and cultural studies is growing rapidly. This book contains exemplary essays by key practitioners in these fields which demonstrate the importance of this area of enquiry. New aestheticism remains a troubled term and in current parlance it already comes loaded with the baggage of the 'philistine controversy' which first emerged in an exchange that originally that took place in the New Left Review during the mid-1990s. A serious aesthetic education is necessary for resisting the advance of 'philistinism'. Contemporary aesthetic production may be decentred and belonging to the past, but that is not a reason to underestimate what great works do that nothing else can. Despite well-established feminist work in literary criticism, film theory and art history, feminist aesthetics 'is a relatively young discipline, dating from the early 1990s'. The book focuses on the critical interrogation of the historical status of mimesis in the context of a gendered and racial politics of modernity. Throughout the history of literary and art criticism the focus has fallen on the creation or reception of works and texts. The book also identifies a fragmentary Romantic residue in contemporary aesthetics. The Alexandrian aesthetic underlies the experience of the 'allegorical'. 'Cultural poetics' makes clear the expansion of 'poetics' into a domain that is no longer strictly associated with 'poetry'. The book also presents an account of a Kantian aesthetic criticism, discussing Critique of Pure Reason, Critique of Aesthetic Judgement and Critique of Judgement.
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relevant in this regard. First, in ‘The nature of the Labour Party’, a paper in two
parts originally published in NewLeftReview during 1964 and subsequently
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initial impact of theory, but also conceptually in
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Yet, in this respect, new aestheticism remains a troubled term and in current parlance it already comes loaded with the baggage of the ‘philistine controversy’ which
first emerged in an exchange that originally that took place in the NewLeftReview
during the mid-1990s. New aestheticism was identified there as a
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different models of capitalism. It fails to look at the underlying dynamic
of the wider system of late capitalism and, therefore, is unable to distinguish between different
Class cultures, the trade unions and the Labour Party
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