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The Beautiful, Novel, and Strange: Aesthetics and Heterodoxy

Paulson, Professor Ronald

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ISBN 10: 0801851718 / ISBN 13: 9780801851711
Edité par The Johns Hopkins University Press
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Titre : The Beautiful, Novel, and Strange: ...

Éditeur : The Johns Hopkins University Press

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Very Good

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In The Beautiful, Novel, and Strange Ronald Paulson fills a lacuna in studies of aesthetics at its point of origin in England in the 1700s. He shows how aesthetics took off not only from British empiricism but also from such forms of religious heterodoxy as deism. The third earl of Shaftesbury, the founder of aesthetics, replaced the Christian God of rewards and punishments with beauty -- worship of God, with a taste for a work of art. William Hogarth, reacting against Shaftesbury's "disinterestedness," replaced his Platonic abstractions with an aesthetics centered on the human body, gendered female, and based on an epistemology of curiosity, pursuit, and seduction. Paulson shows hogarth creating, first in practice and then in theory, a middle area between the Beautiful and the Sublime by adapting Joseph Addison's category (in the Spectator) of the Novel, Uncommon, and Strange.

Paulson retrieves an aesthetics that had strong support during the eighteenth century but has been obscured both by the more dominant academic discourse of Shaftesbury (and later Sir Joshua Reynolds) and by current trends in art and literary history. Arguing that the two traditions comprised not only painterly but also literary theory and practice, Paulson explores the innovations of Henry Fielding, John Cleland, Laurence Sterne, and Oliver Goldsmith, which followed and complemented the practice in the visual arts of Hogarth and his followers.

"This is an important book. The Beautiful, Novel, and Strange combines the pleasures of concretely detailed scholarship and intellectual polemic. Paulson has an encyclopedic knowledge not only of eighteenth-century literary and visual cultural forms, but also of their most salient instances. One of the most important achievements of his newest book is that it brings together two realms of critical discourse that are usually kept apart: the historiography of aesthetic theory and the criticism of the novel." -- Michael McKeon, Rutgers University

About the Author:

Ronald Paulson is professor of English and art history at the Johns Hopkins University. His many books include Breaking and Remaking: Aesthetic Practice in England, 1700-1820; Book and Painting: Shakespeare, Milton, and the Bible; Representations of Revolution, 1789-1820; and Literary Landscape: Turner and Constable.

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