The new aestheticism
An introduction
in The new aestheticism

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book argues that the role of aesthetic experience in education is to extend the possibility of thinking otherwise: a form of critical thinking which remains 'eventful' insofar as it refuses to be prescribed by predetermined categories. It offers a genealogy of aesthetic humanism that was always already internally riven: fascinated with the possibility of an aesthetic vision that contravenes its own imperative. The book interrogates the recent history of feminist aesthetics and in a post-culturalist reading which draws upon advances within post-colonialism and feminism, including the theories of female masquerade and colonial mimicry of Joan Riviere, Frantz Fanon and Homi Bhabha. It offers a reformulation of Theodor Adorno's social history of mimesis in the context of a 'gendered and racial politics of modernity'.

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