Art's Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism

Art's Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism

Forest Pyle


Radical aestheticism describes a ordinary occasion in the most robust and resonating texts of nineteenth-century British literature, providing us tips on how to reckon with what occurs at convinced moments in texts via Shelley, Keats, Dickinson, Hopkins, Rossetti, and Wilde. This e-book explores what occurs whilst those writers, deeply devoted to sure models of ethics, politics, or theology, still produce an come across with an intensive aestheticism which matters the authors' tasks to a primary crisis.

A radical aestheticism deals no confident claims for paintings, no matter if on moral or political grounds or on aesthetic grounds, as in "art for art's sake." It offers no transcendent or underlying floor for art's validation. during this experience, an intensive aestheticism is the adventure of a poesis that exerts a lot strain at the claims and workings of the cultured that it turns into a type of black gap out of which no illumination is feasible. the novel aestheticism encountered in those writers, in its very extremity, takes us to the constitutive elements--the figures, the photographs, the semblances--that are on the root of any aestheticism, an stumble upon registered as evaporation, combustion, or undoing. it truly is, consequently, an undoing by way of and of artwork and aesthetic event, one who leaves this crucial literary culture in its wake.

Art's Undoing embraces diversified theoretical initiatives, from Walter Benjamin to Jacques Derrida. those develop into anything of a parallel textual content to its literary readings, revealing how essentially the most major theoretical and philosophical initiatives of our time stay in the wake of a thorough aestheticism.

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