Expressivism was the first European theory of art significantly to challenge the imitation theory rooted in Greek antiquity. Modern expressivism places the focus on the individual human subject as committed to finding "les mots pour le dire", such that art becomes the most privileged means of self-realization. In his wide-ranging survey of modern theories, Gratton reveals both the instability of the concept "expressivism", and its continuing relevance in the contemporary world. In Proust, the movement of textualization radically unsettles the "official" aesthetic programme of "A la recherche du temps perdu", while in Barthes the move from a firmly anti-expressivist discourse to a more personalized writing manner unexpectedly allows a version of expressivism to gain a foothold in the postmodern context.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 134
Weight: 222 g
Dimensions: 217 x 138 x 9 mm
Refreshing... This book is a must for graduates coming new to this debate and to these authors, and for the wider reader it is an engaging and polished addition to an excellent series.--Timothy Mathews "French Studies, LVI.3, 2002, 421-2 "
Gratton s conclusion is that we should remember that words have matted, contradictory histories, to guard ourselves against believing wholeheartedly in unmediated expression... Repays attentive reading.--Ingrid Wassenaar"Fabula" (04/01/2001)"
Nel corso della sua attenta analisi.--Antonella Arrigoni "Studi Francesi, XLVI, 2002, 2 "