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1 Thomas Docherty Aesthetic education and the demise of experience The philistine is intolerant.1 love naturally hates old age and keeps his distance from it 2 In 1913, Walter Benjamin was a central figure alongside his teacher, Gustav Wyneken, in the ‘German Youth Movement’, agitating for substantial reforms in the German educational system and, beyond that, in German society. He placed one of his first serious publications, an essay entitled ‘Experience’, in Der Anfang, the magazine of the movement, as a contribution to the debates. In this essay, he points

in The new aestheticism
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The interest in aesthetics in philosophy, literary and cultural studies is growing rapidly. This book contains exemplary essays by key practitioners in these fields which demonstrate the importance of this area of enquiry. New aestheticism remains a troubled term and in current parlance it already comes loaded with the baggage of the 'philistine controversy' which first emerged in an exchange that originally that took place in the New Left Review during the mid-1990s. A serious aesthetic education is necessary for resisting the advance of 'philistinism'. Contemporary aesthetic production may be decentred and belonging to the past, but that is not a reason to underestimate what great works do that nothing else can. Despite well-established feminist work in literary criticism, film theory and art history, feminist aesthetics 'is a relatively young discipline, dating from the early 1990s'. The book focuses on the critical interrogation of the historical status of mimesis in the context of a gendered and racial politics of modernity. Throughout the history of literary and art criticism the focus has fallen on the creation or reception of works and texts. The book also identifies a fragmentary Romantic residue in contemporary aesthetics. The Alexandrian aesthetic underlies the experience of the 'allegorical'. 'Cultural poetics' makes clear the expansion of 'poetics' into a domain that is no longer strictly associated with 'poetry'. The book also presents an account of a Kantian aesthetic criticism, discussing Critique of Pure Reason, Critique of Aesthetic Judgement and Critique of Judgement.

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Algernon Swinburne on ‘The Flogging-Block’
Yopie Prins

respect & that it may be said of the birch as of the school “Florebit’” (29 January 1892; Swinburne 2004b , 3.47). In contrast to Eton reformers who would do away with corporal punishment, she and Swinburne imagined the practice of birching – the very idea of it, as ‘may be said of the birch’ – as the highest form of aesthetic education. Thus she followed up in another private letter (written in

in Algernon Charles Swinburne
Howard Caygill

experience of sensible perfection of the beautiful. Nevertheless, Baumgarten introduced rational ascesis into modern aesthetics through the notion of the education of sensibility, a tendency advanced by Schiller in his Aesthetic Education. The modern subordination of the aesthetic to the ascetic in terms of a stage in the progression from sensibility to reason contrasts with the Alexandrian view of it as the site of a complex processional movement combining progressive and recessive tendencies. For the latter, the movement between the sensible and the ideal is not an

in The new aestheticism
Friedrich Schiller and the liberty of play
Peter M. Boenisch

, Fichte and Kant to Hegel and beyond (see Beiser 2005; Bowie 2003; Hammermeister 2002).4 A key prerequisite of any position of ‘true’ liberty is a somewhat radical autonomy. While this has often been misunderstood as advocating a withdrawal from reality, it is much rather an insistence on a structural, relational position which finds its most astute articulation in another key notion of Schiller’s thought: play. He developed this quintessentially humanistic concept at the centre of his 1795 Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man, where he famously concluded: ‘one

in Directing scenes and senses
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Translating Unica Zürn
Patricia Allmer

Translation Zone , p. 119. 16 Pierre Joris, ‘A Note on Translating Unica Zürn's Anagrammatic Poems’, Sulfur 29 (1991), p. 87. 17 Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, ‘Translating into English’, in An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalisation (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012), p. 253

in Surrealist women’s writing
Politics and aesthetics
Carl Lavery

by the idealist philosopher Friedrich Schiller. In On the Aesthetic Education of Man , Schiller offered a deliberately complex and twofold account of aesthetics. In his formulation, the aesthetic is associated with the production of autonomous artworks and, at the same time, with life itself: For, to declare it once and for all, Man plays only when he is in the full sense of the word a man, and he is only wholly a Man when he is playing . This proposition, which at the moment seems paradoxical, will assume great and deep significance when we have once

in The politics of Jean Genet’s late theatre
Mark Robson

reads this schema in the ordering of the sections from §49. Equally, Friedrich Schiller is both praised for having a style influenced by Quintilian, and criticised because he is not like Quintilian. See the Introduction to Schiller, On the Aesthetic Education of Man , trans. and intro. E. M. Wilkinson and L. A. Willoughby (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967 ), p. cxxxvii

in The sense of early modern writing
Tom Walker

an alternate image from her memory: ‘How the lights of this city used to glow in the night when the little boat train taking her back to London after Christmas came in and out of the countryside and winter dark’ (113). This allegorised narrative culminates just before Elizabeth’s death as she mistakenly thinks the blinds have been drawn, her vision now shut down (221). Perhaps again not coincidentally, Elizabeth’s ability through the novel to enter into selfhood through the perception of the image seems to be linked to her earlier aesthetic education in London, at

in John McGahern
British romantic drama and the Gothic treacheries of Coleridge’s Remorse
Peter Mortensen

recognized in the reviews. Remorse ’s reception-history indicates that many critics lauded the play as an antidote to corrupt dramatic practices, and as proof of an imminent theatrical revival in Britain: in short, as a welcome example of the kind of writing which would contribute to the moral, political, and aesthetic education of thevolatile, newly literate masses. Critics for the Morning Post and

in European Gothic