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Art, Ethics and Provocation


Anna Suwalska-Kolecka and Izabella Penier

The main purpose of this volume is to look into a wide spectrum of artistic ventures which cross boundaries and challenge habitual thinking, consequently involving an element of provocation. While it is true that not all great art is provocative, the most memorable artefacts are these which have confounded our aesthetic expectations or stirred our moral imagination. However, as the turn of the millennium witnessed ever more shocking artistic gestures of provocation, the question arises if there are any limits to artistic freedom. The essays collected in this book offer a truly interdisciplinary perspective and deal with creative acts of transgression from a broad range of fields: literature, theatre, visual art, film, anthropology, and others. This volume will appeal to readers interested in artistic and academic pursuits that are subversive and irreverent.
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This publication was financially supported by The City of Plock and The State School of Higher Professional Education in Plock, Poland.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Suwalska-Kołecka, Anna, editor. | Penier, Izabella, 1971- editor. Title: Art, ethics and provocation / Anna Suwalska-Kołecka, Izabella Penier    (eds.). Description: New York : Peter Lang, 2016. | Series: Dis/continuities ; vol. 14 Identifiers: LCCN 2016010011 | ISBN 9783631663714 Subjects: LCSH: Arts, Modern--Psychological aspects. | Freedom and art. |    Arts and society. Classification: LCC NX449.5 .A77 2016 | DDC 701/.03--dc23 LC record available at

ISSN 2193-4207 ISBN 978-3-631-66371-4 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-05827-7 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-05827-7 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2016 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH.

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