Aesthetics in Feminist Perspective

Aesthetics in Feminist Perspective

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Philosophical aesthetics and theories of art are among the last areas in which feminist critiques of traditional disciplinary assumptions are being explored. "Aesthetics in Feminist Perspective" examines the intellectual traditions of the philosophy of art and aesthetics. Containing essays by scholars and by the writer Marilyn French, the collection ranges from the history of aesthetic theory to a philosophical reflection on fashion. The contributions are unified by a sustained scrutiny of the nature of 'feminist, O 'feminine, O or 'femaleO art, creativity, and interpretation.Some authors are sympathetic to the idea that there is a distinctive female artistic practice, and others question the soundness of that claim. Both the theoretical essays and those that examine particular artists or genres of art represent the tensions between how women are seen, and are judged. The contributors are Ismay Barwell, Carol H.Cantrell, Ren e Cox, Josephine Donovan, Marilyn French, Karen Hanson, Hilde Hein, Mae Gwendolyn Henderson, Jane Kneller, Carolyn Korsmeyer, Estella Lauter, San MacColl, Amy Newman, Jenefer Robinson, Stephanie Ross, Alice Sheppard, Laurie Shrage, Michele Wallace, and Mary Bittner Wiseman.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 317.52g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253207746
  • 9780253207746
  • 2,053,699

About Carolyn Korsmeyer

HILDE HEIN, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, is the author of The Exploration: The Museum as Laboratory. CAROLYN KORSMEYER, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, is the co-author of Feminist Scholarship: Kindling the Groves of Academe, and the author of numerous articles on aesthetics.show more

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"A first-rate introduction to the field, accessible to scholars working from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Highly recommended ... O NChoice " ... offers both broad theoretical considerations and applications to specific art forms, diverse methodological perspectives, and healthy debate among the contributors... [an] outstanding volume.OENPhilosophy and Literature " ... this volume represents an eloquent and enlightened attempt to reconceptualize the field of aesthetic theory by encouraging its tendencies toward openness, self-reflexivity and plurality.O NDiscourse & Society "All of the authors challenge the traditional notion of a pure and disinterested observer that does not allow for questions of race/ethnicity, class, sexual preference, or gender.O NSigns These essays examine the intellectual traditions of the philosophy of art and aesthetics. Containing essays by scholars and by the writer Marilyn French, the collection ranges from the history of aesthetic theory to a philosophical reflection on fashion. The contributions are unified by a sustained scrutiny of the nature of "feminist,O Ofeminine,O or OfemaleO art, creativity, and interpretation.show more

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