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England and its Aesthetes: Biography and Taste (Critical Voices)
by David Carrier
Binding: Paperback, 1 edition, 178 pages
Publisher: Routledge
Weight: 0.79 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.98 x W: 0.49 inches
ISBN 10: 905701291X
ISBN 13: 9789057012914
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John Ruskin (1819 1900), Walter Pater (1839 1894), and Adrian Stokes (1902 1972) represent three generations of English aesthetes whose writings have transformed art history and the formations of museums as we know them. They are three great writers in a distinctively English tradition. Concerned with the nature of aesthetic experience, and with the interpretation of visual art, they offer approaches that are dramatically different, in challenging ways, from those of professional art historians. They published autobiographies, explaining the relationship of their conceptions of aesthetic experience to their critical thinking about social questions.With England and Its Aesthetes, David Carrier has assembled the autobiographical sketches of these influential aesthetes. His 'reading' reveals them to be less concerned with art appreciation or an aesthetic approach to everyday life than with issues of identity, politics, and desire. He unfolds their texts, revealing the complexity that lies be

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