Titel: Extreme Beauty
Herausgegeben von James E. Swearingen, Joanne Cutting-Gray
Januar 2003 - kartoniert - 272 Seiten
What do we mean when we speak of "beauty"? What do we experience? Beauty is no longer the human experience of the harmonious object; today an aesthetics of difference has revolutionised our ways of seeing the beautiful. Now, we live in a time of "extreme beauty." Extreme Beauty explores art, literature, politics, and philosophy in order to illuminate how the concept and experience of beauty has changed. The essays range from Hegel and Modernism to Marcel Duchamp and the Avant-Garde, postmodern poetics, boredom and Proust, the romance of Arendt and Heidegger, fascism and the consumption of the flesh, postcolonialism and imagination to Derrida and the glory and gift of death.
Part I - An Other Beauty Introduction. 1. Feeling the Difference, Mario Perniola (University of Rome). 2. Breton's Post-Hegelian Modernism, Jean-Michel Rabate (University of Pennsylvania). 3. Postponing the Future: Marcel Duchamp and the Avant-Garde, Dalia Judovitz (Emory University). 4. When Less is More, More or Less: Subtraction and Addition in (Post)Modernist Poetics, Peter Williams (University of Sydney). Part III - The Impossible Place of Literature. Introduction. 5. Chora and Character: Mimesis of Difference in Plato's Timaeus, Max Statkiewicz. (University of Wisconsin, Madison). 6. The Place of Boredom: Blanchot Not Reading Proust, Pierre Lamarche. 7. Literature, Film, and Virtuality: Technology's Cutting Edge, Joel Black (University of Georgia). Part IV - The Rhetoric of the Political Introduction. 8. Rhetoric, Politics, Romance: Arendt and Heidegger, 1924-26, Theodore Kisiel (Northern Illinois University). 9. Hannah Arendt: Literary Criticism and the Political, David Halliburton (Stanford University) 10. The Politics of Fascism, or Consuming the Flesh of the Other, Michael Clifford (Mississippi State University). Part V - The Political Imaginary. Introduction. 11. Post-Colonialism and History: Are we Responsible for the Past?, Moira Gatens (University of Sydney). 12. Indigenous-Becoming in the Post-Colonial Polity, Paul Patton (University of New South Wales). 13. The Post-Colonial Threshold of Capacity: "The Other! The Other!", Alfred Lopez (Florida International University). Part VI - Extreme Beauty - Death, Glory. Introduction. 14. The Simulacrum of Death: Perniola Beyond Heidegger and Metaphysics?, Robert Burch (University of Alberta, Edmonton). 15. A Deadly Gift: To Derrida, from Kierkegaard and Bataille, Kenneth Itzkowitz. (Marietta College, Ohio). 16. Glory in Levinas and Derrida, Bettina Bergo (Loyola College, Baltimore).
James Swearingen was Professor and Chair of several English Departments, including the University of South Alabama and Marquette University. Now retired, he and Dr Joanne Cutting-Gray live in Savannah, Georgia.
The themes of difference, death, the postmodern, the simulacrum, and otherness, find their way into many of the different essays, as do references to Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt, Deleuze and Guattari, as well as the French critics listed above. Such cross-references help to maintain a focus that all too easily can be obfuscated by the sheer number of different authorial points of view presented. The editors have done a heroic job keeping the whole from falling apart at the seams. Steve Bindeman, Janus Head, 7.1, 2004