Crescent Moon Over The Rational

Author: Stephen H. Watson
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804772991
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Crescent Moon Over The Rational from the Author: Stephen H. Watson. Why, and in what manner, did artist Paul Klee have such a significant impact on twentieth-century thinkers? His art and his writing inspired leading philosophers to produce key texts in twentieth-century aesthetics, texts that influenced subsequent art history and criticism. Heidegger, Adorno, Benjamin, Merleau-Ponty, Lyotard, Sartre, Foucault, Blanchot, Derrida, and Marion are among the philosophers who have engaged with Klee's art and writings. Their views are often thought to be distant from each other, but Watson puts them in conversation. His point is not to vindicate any final interpretation of Klee but to allow his interpreters' different accounts to interact, to shed light on their and on Klee's work, and, in turn, to delineate both a history and a theoretical problematic in their midst. Crescent Moon over the Rational reveals an evolving theoretical constellation of interpretations and their questions (theoretical, artistic, and political) that address and continually renew Klee's rich legacies.

Red Star Crescent Moon

Author: Robert A. Rosenstone
ISBN: 0985569832
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Red Star Crescent Moon from the Author: Robert A. Rosenstone. This book mixes contemporary and the historical worlds in a bold tale of clashing cultures. The love story between a Muslim and a Jew, documentary film director Aisha and historian Benjamin, is set in modern Spain against the vibrant and colorful background of a film festival, the location shoot of a Hollywood epic, the seductive intentions of a movie megastar, and the violent actions of terrorists who wish to reclaim that country for Islam. Telling its story in multiple voices, Red Star, Crescent Moon confronts major cultural and political dilemmas of our time, creating a world of characters caught in webs of historical misunderstandings which leads to violence. "For those of us who have followed Robert Rosenstone's writing career, Red Star, Crescent Moon hits a new peak: a novel with deep historical roots that is also filled with action, romance, and intricate plotting." -Louis Breger, author, Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Light "Red Star, Crescent Moon: is not just about the kaleidoscope of history and politics and pop culture: it's about what being human means in the face of terror." -Leslie Brody, author Red Star Sister "Like all great love stories, Red Star, Crescent Moon takes place at the dangerous intersection of passion and all that threatens to destroy it." -James Goodman, author Stories of Scottsboro

Aesthetics Of Appearing

Author: Martin Seel
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804743815
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Aesthetics Of Appearing from the Author: Martin Seel. This book proposes that aesthetics begin not with concepts of being or semblance, but with a concept of appearing. Seel examines the existential and cultural meaning of aesthetic experience. In doing so, he brings aesthetics and philosophy of art together again, which in continental as well as analytical thinking have been more and more separated in the recent decades.

Empathic Vision

Author: Jill Bennett
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804751711
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Empathic Vision from the Author: Jill Bennett. This book analyzes contemporary visual art produced in the context of conflict and trauma from a range of countries, including Colombia, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Australia. It focuses on what makes visual language unique, arguing that the "affective" quality of art contributes to a new understanding of the experience of trauma and loss. By extending the concept of empathy, it also demonstrates how we might, through art, make connections with people in different parts of the world whose experiences differ from our own. The book makes a distinct contribution to trauma studies, which has tended to concentrate on literary forms of expression. It also offers a sophisticated theoretical analysis of the operations of art, drawing on philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze, but setting this within a postcolonial framework. Empathic Vision will appeal to anyone interested in the role of culture in post-September 11 global politics.

Two Faces

Author: Helen Sang Hee Kwak
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1493130234
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Two Faces from the Author: Helen Sang Hee Kwak. In Two Face, Sang Hee Kwak, Korean poet-novelist, opens her heart to the sufferings of people all over the world, not in polemic, but in fierce poetric imagery depicting the pain of an Arab baby seeking the teat of its dead mother, of Indian throwaway people left to die in the streets of Calcutta with “eyes open like caves,” of naked children on an Indonesian tsunami-ravaged shore. Yet, despite these horrors of nature, war, and indifference, Sang Hee rather lights a candle than cursing the dark, seeking “to live and die in innocence. Gathering all in [herself] “like a green tree in all seasons.” This is a book which takes the reader on an epic journey down to and through the nether depths but eventually rising out of them into the pure air of hope, peace, and harmony. —Stanley H. Barkan, Poet/Editor, Cross-Cultural Communications

Museums And Memory

Author: Susan A. Crane
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804735643
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Museums And Memory from the Author: Susan A. Crane. Museums today are more than familiar cultural institutions and showplaces of accumulated objects; they are the sites of interaction between personal and collective identities, between memory and history. The essays in this volume consider museums from personal experience and historical study, and from the memories of museum visitors, curators, and scholars. Representing a variety of fields -- history, anthropology, art history, and museum scholarship -- the contributors discuss museums across disciplinary boundaries that have separated art museums from natural history museums or local history museums from national galleries. The essays range widely over time (from the Renaissance to the second half of the twentieth century), and place (China, Japan, the United States, and Germany), in exhibitions explored (photography, Native American history, and "Jurassic technology"), and institution (the Chinese Imperial Collection, Renaissance curiosity cabinets, and modern art museums). Memory operates thematically among the essays in diverse and provocative ways. The papers are organized according to three suggestive themes: experimental ways of theorizing and designing contemporary museums with an explicit interest in history and memory; discussions of personal encounters with historical exhibits; and the professional risks at stake for collectors and curators who shape the institutional presentation of history and memory.

A Return To Aesthetics

Author: Jonathan Loesberg
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804751162
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A Return To Aesthetics from the Author: Jonathan Loesberg. A Return to Aesthetics confronts postmodernism's rejection of aesthetics by showing that this critique rests on central concepts of classical aesthetic theory, namely autonomous form, disinterest, and symbolic discourse. The author argues for the value of these concepts by recovering them through a historical reinterpretation of their meaning prior to their distortion by twentieth-century formalism. Loesberg then applies these concepts to a discussion of two of the most significant critics of the ideology of Enlightenment, Foucault and Bourdieu. He argues that understanding the role of aesthetics in the postmodern critique of Enlightenment will get us out of the intellectual impasse wherein numbingly repeated attacks upon postmodernism as self-contradictory match numbingly repeated defenses. Construing postmodern critiques as examples of aesthetic reseeing gives us a new understanding of the postmodern critique of the Enlightenment.