Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age by Emory ElliottAesthetics in a Multicultural Age by Emory Elliott

Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age

EditorEmory Elliott, Lou Freitas Caton, Jeffrey Rhyne

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Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age examines a variety of significant multidisciplinary and multicultural topics within the subject of aesthetics. Addressing the vexed relation of the arts and criticism to current political and cultural concerns, the contributors to this volume attempt to bridgethe two decades-old gap between scholars and critics who hold conflicting views of the purposes of art and criticism. By exploring some of the ways in which global migration and expanding ethnic diversity are affecting cultural productions and prompting reassessment of the nature and role ofaesthetic discourse, this volume provides a new evaluation of aesthetic ideas and practices within contemporary arts and letters.

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Emory Elliott is University Professor at the University of California, Riverside. Louis Freitas Caton is Professor of English at Auburn University. Jeffrey Rhyne is a graduate fellow in English at the University of California, Riverside.
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Title:Aesthetics in a Multicultural AgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:January 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsEmory Elliott: Introduction: Cultural Diversity and the Problem of AestheticsPART I. CHALLENGES TO AN AESTHETICS OF DIVERSITYSatya P. Mohanty: Can Our Values Be Objective? On Ethics, Aesthetics, and Progressive PoliticsGiles Gunn: The Pragmatics of the AestheticWinfried Fluck: Aesthetics and Cultural StudiesJohn Carlos Rowe: The Resistance to Cultural StudiesPART II. REDEFINING CATEGORIES OF VALUE AND DIFFERENCEShelley Fisher Fishkin: Desegregating American Literary StudiesRobyn Wiegman: Difference and DisciplinarityDonald E. Pease: Doing Justice to C.L.R. James's Mariners, Renegades, and CastawaysJohnella E. Butler: Mumbo Jumbo, Theory, and the Aesthetics of WholenessPART III. AESTHETIC JUDGMENT AND THE PUBLIC SPHEREPaul Lauter: Aesthetics Again? The Pleasures and the DangersAmelia Jones: "Every man knows where and how beauty gives him pleasure": Beauty Discourse and the Logic of AestheticsKathleen McHugh: The Aesthetics of Wounding: Trauma, Self-Representation, and the Critical VoiceChon A. Noriega: Beautiful Identities: When History Turns State's EvidenceHeinz Ickstadt: Toward a Pluralist AestheticsLouis Freitas Caton: AfterwordIndex

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"Finally! A book that gets rid of the false opposition between aesthetics and multiculturalism. We live in an exciting time when a vibrant generation of artists and critics are not only championing the aesthetic but are also challenging conventional ideas about exactly what counts as thebeautiful. Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age reminds us that poetics and politics often make the coziest of bedfellows."--Cathy N. Davidson, Duke University