Sartrean Dialectics

A Method for Critical Discourse on Aesthetic Experience

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This book presents a modification of the dialectical method of Jean-Paul Sartre as a tool for critical discourse on aesthetic experience. Three practical demonstrations are offered of the modified progressive-regressive method: (1) on the original location and function of a medieval altarpiece, (2) on a theme in the literature of the Marquis de Sade, and (3) on a theory of consciousness in a novel by Samuel Beckett. The study concludes with guidelines on how the method may enhance critical discourse in teaching.

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Roxanne Claire Farrar was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Humanities at Florida State University in December of 1992. She is an Assistant Professor of Art History and Interdisciplinary Studies at Georgia College and State University. Her current research interests involve multicultural and feminist theories of contemporary culture and interdisciplinary aesthetic practices.
Foreword by E.F. Kaelin. Acknowledgments. ONE Introduction. PART ONE: THEORY. TWO Sartre's “Progressive-Regressive Method”. THREE Modifications of the Method. PART TWO: PRACTICE. FOUR The Original Location and Function of Simone Martini's Annunciation Altarpiece. FIVE Violence and Différance in the Literature of the Marquis de Sade. SIX Discourse, Disclosedness, and Fractal Dasein in Samuel Beckett's How It Is. SEVEN Conclusion. References. About the Author. Index.