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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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Everyday Aesthetics

Everyday Aesthetics

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(p.193) 27 Everyday Aesthetics
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The Critical Pulse
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Rita Felski

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.003.0028

In this chapter, the author calls for a reengagement with literature through a return to phenomenological criticism. He argues that phenomenology allows us to do justice to the widespread conviction that works of art can enrich our understanding of the world without lapsing into the misapprehensions of reflection theory, given its orientation toward questions of meaning rather than truth. It is equally primed to investigate the quasi-magical state of absorption that can befall us while reading a novel or watching a film. Ideally suited to thick descriptions of the intensities of affective and corporeal response, phenomenology pays notice to subtle and multi-shaded discriminations of pleasure as well as meaning. It authorizes us, in short, to look afresh at the spectrum of aesthetic experience without rushing to judgment about which aspects of such experience qualify as truly aesthetic.

Keywords:   literary critics, criticism, phenomenological criticism, phenomenology

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