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By Charles Martindale

This e-book argues for a brand new cognizance to the significance of attractiveness and the classy in our reaction to poetry. Charles Martindale explores ways that Kant's aesthetic idea, as set out within the Critique of Judgement, is still of primary significance for the trendy critic. He argues that the Kantian "judgement of flavor" isn't really formalist, and explores the connection among the cultured and the political in our responses to artwork. ultimately he urges the worth of aesthetic feedback as pioneered by means of Walter Pater and others. The (mainly Latin) poems mentioned are all translated, and the booklet should be of curiosity not just to classicists yet to somebody attracted to aesthetics, aestheticism, poetry, reception, comparative literature, and important theory.

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On the one hand there is no progress or regress in the aesthetic (many people think that the Iliad, the earliest work of Western literature, is still 74 75 Crowther (1996) 82. Eagleton (1990) 201. ‘Aesthetics and Modernity’ in Levine (1994) 138. Cf. Beckley (1998) p. xviii: ‘It could be that every aesthetic choice is political. But it is equally possible that every political choice is ultimately aesthetic’. It is of course a commonplace of poststructuralism to point out that categories depend on occluded traces of their others.

Following Kant, one can explore the notion of the beautiful as being valuable ‘for itself’, not as a means towards a gratiWcation, and of a response to the beautiful as being non-instrumental, a rejection of ‘means-end’ rationality (one might compare Newman’s conception of the Idea of a University with its stress on ‘knowledge for its own sake’). 64 He attempts to refute Kant with a barrage of statistics; there is something circular about Bourdieu’s methods since he decides which works of art are middlebrow or whatever and then triumphantly claims that the results of his taxonomy of those works exactly Wt his class analysis.

56 §8. Hutcheson (1994) 15; for Hutcheson and early British aesthetics see Kivy (2003). One way of reading Komar and Melamid’s Painting by Numbers (Wypijewski (1997) ) is as a deconstruction of the idea that beauty can be produced by following rules, though the multiple ironies are hard to pin down. 57 Kant (1952) 42–3 §2. 56 22 Immanuel Kant and Aesthetic Judgement If I call a poem beautiful because I hope to make money out of it, or because I am proud that it was written by a member of my family, or because I happen to share the politics of the writer, the judgement clearly would not be disinterested.

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