Suffering Art Gladly - The Paradox of Negative Emotion in Art

by Jerrold Levinson
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Jerrold Levinson Suffering Art Gladly - The Paradox of Negative Emotion in Art
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A collection of newly composed essays, some with a historical focus and some with a contemporary focus, which addresses the problem of explaining the appeal of artworks whose appreciation entails negative or difficult emotions on the appreciator's part - what has traditionally been known as "the paradox of tragedy".


Jerrold Levinson

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Illustrations Note:
XVI, 271 p.
Table of Contents:
Introduction; Jerrold Levinson PART I: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES 1. Tragic Pleasures in Plato and Aristotle; Pierre Destrée 2. The Paradox of Negative Emotion in Art in Enlightenment Aesthetics; Carole Talon-Hugon 3. A Lust of the Mind: Curiosity and Aversion in 18th Century British Aesthetics; Carolyn Korsmeyer 4. Mere Suffering: Hume and the Problem of Tragedy; Christopher Williams 5. The Problem and Promise of the Sublime: Lessons from Kant and Schopenhauer; Sandra Shapshay PART II: CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES 6. A Simple Solution to the Paradox of Negative Emotion; Raf DeClercq 7. Painful Art and the Limits of Well-Being; Aaron Smuts 8. That Obscure Object of Desire: Pleasure in Painful Art; Jonathan Gilmore 9. Playing With Fire: Art and the Seductive Power of Pain; Iskra Fileva 10. Heavenly Hurt: The Joy and Value of Sad Poetry; Anna Christina Ribeiro 11. Negative Emotions and Creativity; Derek Matravers 12. Attention, Negative Valence, and Tragic Emotions; Cain Todd 13. Watching the Unwatchable: 'Irreversible', 'Empire', and the Other Paradox of Negative Emotions; David Davies
Levinson, Jerrold
Media Type:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Biography Artist:
David Davies, McGill University, Canada
Pierre Destrée University Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Raf DeClercq, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Iskra Fileva, University of North Carolina, USA
Jonathan Gilmore, Columbia University, USA
Carolyn Korsmeyer, University of Buffalo, USA
Derek Matravers, The Open University, UK
Anna Christina Ribeiro, Texas Tech University, USA
Sandra Shapshay, Indiana University, USA
Aaron Smuts, Rhode Island College, USA
Carole Talon-Hugon, University of Nice, France
Cain Todd, University of Lancaster, UK
Christopher Williams, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
1st ed. 2014
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Product Type:
Paperback book
Release date:
1 January 2014
Package Dimensions:
0.216 x 0.14 x 0.017 m; 0.382 kg
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