Contemporary Perspectives In Aesthetic Theory: Steven Connor, Sianne Ngai And The Edible World

Co-Action Publishing
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Journal Article
Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, 2016, 8, (1), pp. 32022-32022
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This paper is an introduction to the work of Steven Connor and Sianne Ngai, two theorists who make contrasting and complementary efforts to think critically about a number of resilient biases in contemporary aesthetic discourse. I argue that the work of these two thinkers is united by a more or less explicit effort to generate argumentative friction from questioning two key strands of thought within aesthetic theory of the past 200 years: the centrality of the sublime and the beautiful, and the idea that the discriminatory power of the distance senses, particularly vision, justifies their centrality in aesthetic theory.
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