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The series entitled Consciousness, Literature and the Arts is a scholarly line of books consisting of monographs (and thematic collections of articles), in the English language, dealing with a wide variety of areas, problems, and applications within the broad field of consciousness studies in relation to literature and the arts with all their sub-genres.

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The title of this book, The European Avant-Garde – A Hundred Years Later, implies the European avant-garde took place a century ago, that it is a thing of the past. However, it does not aim to consolidate this position, but to question it. It addresses temporality as the central dimension related to the notion of the avant-garde. The book brings forth original revisions of the theories of the avant-garde, the works of the avant-garde, the idea of the avant-garde as being the vanguard, the leading force of change. It addresses the returning of the avant-garde during the twentieth century and today.
Architecture and Environment in the Early Modern Era
Land Air Sea: Architecture and Environment in the Early Modern Era positions the long Renaissance and eighteenth century as being vital for understanding how many of the concerns present in contemporary debates on climate change and sustainability originated in earlier centuries. Traversing three physical and intellectual domains, Land Air Sea consists of case studies examining how questions of environmentalism were formulated in early modern architecture and the built environment. Addressing emergent technologies, indigenous cultural beliefs, natural philosophy, and political statecraft, this book aims to recast our modernist conceptions of what buildings are by uncovering early modern epistemologies that redefined human impact on the habitable world.
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The inclusion of this volume in Brill's Transcultural Aesthetics, a book series devoted primarily to multidisciplinary Western and non-Western aesthetics, is indispensable to enrich the nature and scope of contemporary aesthetics. Time and again, many aesthetic controversies have not been adequately addressed, and this has become a common concern among scholars in contemporary aesthetics. This volume therefore seeks to contribute new perspectives to these controversies by shedding light on some of the fresh views among the leading theorists working in the field today.
Across a powerfully wide-ranging set of themes, theoretical registers and historical examples, John Roberts analyses the key problems that continue to confront art after conceptual art, in the light of art’s longstanding relationship to market and institution the commodity and mass culture: namely, artistic labour and technology, modernity and the ‘new’, art and negation, identity and subjectivity, agency and audience, form and value. In these terms, the book provides a rigorous and ambitious, examination of the limits and possibilities of art’s contribution to emancipatory discourse and practice.
Spielräume der Kunstkritik
Wie lassen sich die Vielfalt und Vielstimmigkeit der gegenwärtigen Kunstkritik erfassen? Der Band gibt Antworten in 35 paradigmatischen Kritiken. Die Autor:innen greifen die Stimmen, Perspektiven und Schreibweisen anderer prominenter Kritiker:innen auf und entfalten in kurzen experimentellen Formen die Potenziale der Kunstkritik. Wie würde der Aufklärer Denis Diderot über eine Ausstellung der Kunst des 21. Jahrhunderts schreiben? Wie könnte eine nie geschriebene Kritik von Caroline Schlegel zu Schillers Gedichten klingen? Was erfahren wir in einer Ausstellung Gauguins mit den Werken Franz Fanons im Gepäck? Der Band schafft in fiktionalen und transhistorischen Dialogen Spielräume, in denen sich das Schreiben performativ entfaltet, in denen Identitäten entstehen, ohne festgeschrieben zu werden, in denen Urteile gefunden und situiert werden. Weit davon entfernt, in eine angebliche Krise zu verfallen, zeigt sich, wie Kunstkritik Diskurse prägen und kritisch mitgestalten kann.
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The Song of Songs is the only book of the Bible to privilege the voice of a woman, and its poetry of love and eroticism also bears witness to violence. How do the contemporary #MeToo movement and other movements of protest and accountability renew questions about women, gender, sex, and the problematic of the public at the heart of this ancient poetry? This edited volume seeks to reinvigorate feminist scholarship on the Song by exploring diverse contexts of reading, from Akkadian love lyrics, to Hildegard of Bingen, to Marc Chagall.
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Design permeates every dimension of our lifeworld, from the products we consume and the built environments in which we live to the adorned and stylized beings that we are and the natural preserves where we seek relief from the stressful bustle of urban life. Design is where contrasting values of functionality and aesthetic pleasure converge. At the core of design is the human soma, an active, perceptive subjectivity that creates and evaluates design but is also its cultivated product. This collection of ten essays explores the somaesthetics of design in multiple fields: from ritual, craft, and healthcare to architecture, urbanism, and the new media of extended realities.
Studies of Mimesis and Materials in Nature, Art and Science
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Mimesis or imitation comes in many forms, from animal and plant mimicry to artistic copies ‘from life’. This book offers eighteen essays addressing mimesis from diverse perspectives. From the recreation of galaxies to Iron Age torcs, from counterfeit dragons to modern waxworks, each chapter explores facets of material mimesis from prehistory to the present day. The Matter of Mimesis invites readers to compare practices of imitating, faking, and synthesising materials and objects in nature, art and science, raising questions about skills, techniques and politics of making that transcend historical and disciplinary boundaries and inform both our past and future worlds.
Ästhetik und Physiologie im 19. Jahrhundert
Im 19. Jahrhundert vollzieht sich in der französischen Kunst ein bemerkenswerter Wandel: Das Ideal ästhetischer Lebendigkeit weicht der Manifestation der künstlerischen Mittel, die das Dargestellte seines vitalen Illusionismus berauben und als materiell Gemachtes hervorkehren. Die Repräsentation des Menschen verliert ihre Rolle als dominantes Sujet und wird in ihrer ›Wahrhaftigkeit‹ hinterfragt. Das Buch beleuchtet diese Entwicklung aus medizingeschichtlicher Sicht. Die Physiologie entwirft ein materialistisches und deterministisches Menschen- und Körperbild, das in Konkurrenz zur anatomischen Lehre tritt und Fragen der Darstellbarkeit, aber auch Willensfreiheit und Handlungsmacht aufwirft. Werkbeispiele aus der Zeit zwischen 1800 und 1900 zeigen auf, wie unterschiedlich die Kunst auf diese Verwerfungen reagierte – und neue Körperbilder entstanden.