Making Strange: Beauty, Sublimity, and the (Post) Modern `Third Aesthetic' - Postmodern Studies 42 (Paperback)Herbert Grabes (author)
Paperback 190 Pages / Published: 01/01/2008
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This compact, indispensable overview answers a vexed question: Why do so many works of modern and postmodern literature and art seem designed to appear `strange', and how can they still cause pleasure in the beholder? To help overcome the initial barrier caused by this `strangeness', the general reader is given an initial, non-technical description of the `aesthetic of the strange' as it is experienced in the reading or viewing process. There follows a broad survey of modern and postmodern trends, illustrating their staggering variety and making plain the manifold methods and strategies adopted by writers and artists to `make it strange'. The book closes with a systematic summary of the theoretical underpinnings of the `aesthetic of the strange', focussing on the ways in which it differs from both the earlier `aesthetic of the beautiful' and the `aesthetic of the sublime'. It is made amply clear that the strangeness characteristic of modern and postmodern art has ushered in an entirely new, `third' kind of aesthetic - one that has undergone further transformation over the past two decades. Beyond its usefulness as a practical introduction to the `aesthetic of the strange', the present study also takes up the most recent, cutting-edge aspects of scholarly debate, while initiates are offered an original approach to the theoretical implications of this seminal phenomenon.
Number of pages: 190
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
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