Show Less
Restricted access

Aestheticism

Deep Formalism and the Emergence of Modernist Aesthetics

Series:

Michalle Gal

This book offers, for the first time in aesthetics, a comprehensive account of aestheticism of the 19 th century as a philosophical theory of its own right. Taking philosophical and art-historical viewpoints, this cross-disciplinary book presents aestheticism as the foundational movement of modernist aesthetics of the 20 th century. Emerging in the writings of the foremost aestheticists – Oscar Wilde, Walter Pater, James Whistler, and their formalist successors such as Clive Bell, Roger Fry, and Clement Greenberg – aestheticism offers a uniquely synthetic definition of art. It captures the artwork’s relations between form and content, art’s independent ontology and autonomy, art’s internal completeness, criticism, immunity to recruitment, the uniqueness of each medium, and musicality, as well as the logical-theoretical affiliation of art for art’s sake to epistemology, ethics and philosophy of language.
Those are used by Michalle Gal to formulate a definition of art in terms of a theory of Deep Formalism, setting aestheticism, which aspires to preserve the artistic medium, as a critique of the current linguistic-conceptual aesthetics that developed after the linguistic turn of aesthetics.

BIC Classifications

  • The arts (A)
    • The arts: general issues (AB)
    • History of art / art & design styles (AC)
      • History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900 (ACV)
  • Humanities (H)
    • Philosophy (HP)
      • Philosophy: aesthetics (HPN)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)
      • Cultural studies (JFC)

BISAC Classifications

  • Art (ART)
    • ART / General (ART000000)
    • ART / History / General (ART015000)
  • Philosophy (PHI)
    • PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics (PHI001000)
  • Social Science (SOC)
    • Anthropology (SOC002)
      • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General (SOC002000)

THEMA Classifications

  • The Arts (A)
    • The arts: general issues (AB)
      • Theory of art (ABA)
    • Fine arts: treatments & subjects (AG)
      • History of art (AGA)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
      • Cultural & media studies (JBC)
        • Cultural studies (JBCC)
  • Philosophy & Religion (Q)
    • Philosophy (QD)
      • Topics in philosophy (QDT)
        • Philosophy: aesthetics (QDTN)
  • Children’s, Teenage & Educational (Y)
    • Educational material (YP)
      • Educational: Arts, general (YPA)
  • Time period qualifiers (3)
    • c 1500 onwards to present day (3M)
      • 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899 (3MN)
      • 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999 (3MP)
      • 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100 (3MR)
  • Style qualifiers (6)
    • Styles (A) (6A)
      • Arts & Crafts style (6AF)