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Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art

by Virginia Heffernan

Just as Susan Sontag did for photography and Marshall McLuhan did for television, Virginia Heffernan (called one of the “best living writers of English prose”) reveals the logic and aesthetics behind the...

Images of History

Gesture of Awareness: A Radical Approach to Time, Space, and Movement

by Charles Genoud


From a major mind of Buddhism today comes this unique philosophical work, which hearkens back to the classical verse-form, but in a modern voice that speaks directly to the twenty-first century reader and...

Towards a Conceptual Militancy

by Mike Watson

Politicises art with a sense of immediacy.

Gestures of Seeing in Film, Video and Drawing

by Asbjørn Grønstad, Henrik Gustafsson & Øyvind Vågnes

The first book of its kind, Gestures of Seeing in Film, Video and Drawing engages broadly with the often too neglected yet significant questions of gesture in visual culture. In our turbulent mediasphere where...

Taste as Experience: The Philosophy and Aesthetics of Food

by Nicola Perullo & Massimo Montanari

Taste as Experience puts the pleasure of food at the center of human experience. It shows how the sense of taste informs our preferences and relationship to nature, pushes us toward ethical practices of consumption,...

Aesthetics of Negativity

Tragic Beauty in Whitehead and Japanese Aesthetics

by Steve Odin

This book examines Alfred North Whitehead’s process aesthetics focusing especially on two categories, including the penumbral beauty of darkness and the tragic beauty of perishability, while further establishing...

The Philosophical Contexts of Sartre's The Wall and Other Stories: Stories of Bad Faith

by Kevin W. Sweeney

The Philosophical Contexts of The Wall and Other Stories presents a philosophical analysis of all five stories in Sartre’s short-story collection, concentrating on characters’ acts of bad faith. Kevin W....

Pretentiousness: Why It Matters

by Dan Fox

Pretentiousness is the engine oil of culture; the essential lubricant in the development of all arts, high, low, or middle.

The Hatred of Music

by Pascal Quignard, Matthew Amos & Fredrik Rönnbäck

Throughout Pascal Quignard's distinguished literary career, music has been a recurring obsession. As a musician he organized the International Festival of Baroque Opera and Theatre at Versailles in the early...

The Work of Difference

The Intertwining of Aesthetics and Ethics: Exceeding of Expectations, Ecstasy, Sublimity

by Jadranka Skorin-Kapov

The book analyzes the intertwining of aesthetics and ethics in experiences characterized by a break of representational capabilities, such as encounters with nature and art. It also notes that the prerequisite...

Collaborative Art in the Twenty-First Century

by Sondra Bacharach, Siv B. Fjærestad & Jeremy Neil Booth

Collaboration in the arts is no longer a conscious choice to make a deliberate artistic statement, but instead a necessity of artistic survival. In today's hybrid world of virtual mobility, collaboration decentralizes...

Key Concepts: A Guide to Aesthetics, Criticism and the Arts in Education

by Trevor Pateman

First published in 1991. The arts can only thrive in a culture where there is conversation about them. This is particularly true of the arts in an education context. Yet often the discussion is poor because...

Aesthetics: An Introduction

by W. Charlton

First published in 1970. What is a work of art? What is the status of things in pictures and books? How are we to distinguish and ascertain the meaning of a literary work at various levels? This book is intended...

Science and Aesthetic Judgement: A Study in Taine's Critical Method

by Sholom J. Kahn

First published in 1953. This title provides an exposition and discussion on Hippolyte Taine (1828-1893), the leader of the Naturalist movement in French criticism. The book examines his theories and some of...

A Critical History of Modern Aesthetics

by Earl of Listowel

First published in 1933. The purpose of this work was to bridge a gap in English philosophical literature by completing the elaborate history of Bosanquet and to stimulate and enrich the whole study of aesthetics...

Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth

by A. O. Scott

The New York Times film critic shows why we need criticism now more than ever

Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that...

Being Musically Attuned: The Act of Listening to Music

by Erik Wallrup

Listening according to mood is likely to be what most people do when they listen to music. We want to take part in, or even be part of, the emerging world of the musical work. Using the sources of musical history...