Criticism after Critique: Aesthetics, Literature, and the by Jeffrey R. Di Leo

By Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Providing other ways to visualize feedback with out critique, this assortment offers a survey of either the tricky occasions dealing with ideological critique and the ways that literary feedback and aesthetics were plagued by altering attitudes towards critique.

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Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2004. Danto, Arthur C. After the End of Art: Contemporary Art and the Pale of History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996. ———. ” Theories of Art Today. Ed. Noel Carroll. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000. 130–40. Eaton, Marcia Muelder. ’” Theories of Art Today. Ed. Noel Carroll. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000. 141–59. Lauter, Paul. ” English Studies/ Culture Studies: Institutionalizing Dissent. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994.

22 Thus she ruefully characterizes her concession to canonic evaluation as an inevitable outcome of her traditional scholarly training. ”23 Baym’s reminder of the historically variable nature of what counts as literature is by now a well-established fact, thanks to important scholarship like hers, but so is her hyperbolic treatment of good writing—that is, can there be an evaluation for good writing that does not hold “absolute greatness” as the standard? Is it possible to speak of a “great book” not in some universal sense but in some particular sense?

Where science was, I would put the domain of description. Descriptions aim at truth values because they are measured by their power to refer to observable entities and place them in explanatory frameworks. Second, there is the domain of policy that invokes something like Aristotle’s practical reason or Kant’s prudence. Policy relies on descriptions, but the aim is not developing a stable relationship between phenomena and the laws that govern them. Rather, the basic aim of policy discourse is to provide and test effective rationales for taking action.

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