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Assigning Cultural Values

Edited By Kjerstin Aukrust

Assigning Cultural Values is a collection of thirteen essays focusing on the analysis of cultural value in light of aestheticization or aesthetic practices. Reflecting the fruits of the Research Council of Norway’s comprehensive programme for cultural research (KULVER), this anthology studies cultural phenomena not as static dimensions, but rather as factors involved in negotiations and exchanges. By examining the processes in which aestheticization is prominent, the contributors show how the experience-based, relational, and perceptual aspects of assigning cultural values come into focus. Each of the essays offers unique perspectives on the value given to different cultural phenomena, by focusing on their historically changeable aspects, their reciprocal relationships, and their connection to social contexts and power. Drawing on case studies from the fields of cultural history, aesthetics, literature, film, gender studies, art history and theory, design history, and museology, the collection provides a wide-ranging and multifaceted analysis of how the assignment of cultural values is changed, displaced, transferred, and acquired, and will therefore interest all researchers and students within the field of humanities.


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Kjerstin Aukrust has a PhD in French literature from the Department of Litera- ture, Area Studies and European Languages at the University of Oslo, where she is currently working as a lecturer. She is also an editor at Aschehoug forlag and has previously co-edited Corps sanglants, souffrants et macabres, XVIe–XVIIe siècle with Charlotte Bouteille-Meister (Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2010). Her publications include “The Image(s) of the tragic in Les Tragiques by Agrippa d’Aubigné” in Fortune and Fatality: Performing the Tragic in Early Modern France, eds. Desmond Hosford and Charles Wrightington (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008) and “Le spectacle de la corruption chez Jean-Baptiste Chassi- gnet,” forthcoming in Pensée et représentations de la corruption à l’âge baroque en France (1580-1640), eds. Adrien Paschoud and Frank Lestringant (Droz, 2013). Gry Brandser is senior researcher at Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Studies in Bergen, Norway. She has a doctoral degree in political science from the Univer- sity of Bergen and is currently involved with the research group Culture, Power, and Meaning. She has written numerous articles on higher education, academic identity, gender, philosophy, and political theory. Her most recent publications are “H” in Humanioras Fremtid, eds. Simon Øyen et al. (Cappelen, 2011), and “The Harvard Report and the Limits of Liberal Education” in Academic Identi- ties – Academic Challenges, ed. Tor Halvorsen and Atle Nyhagen (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011). Brita Brenna is professor of museology at the Centre for Museum Studies, Uni- versity of Oslo. She has co-authored Æmula Lauri: The...

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