Aesthetics of anxiety

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"What is the relation of anxiety to aesthetics? Aesthetics of anxiety brings psychoanalysis into dialogue with aesthetics, providing provocative and original insights into aesthetic theory and experience. From Aristotle's katharsis to the role played by pain and disgust in the aesthetics of the avant-garde, the notion of anxiety helps us understand the particular kind of discontent (or negative pleasure) that accomapnies aesthetic experience. Anxiety, articulated through such notions as desire, the unconcious, and the real, is also presented as a productive tool for understanding the Kantian aesthetic categories of pleasure, beauty, the sublime, and genius. Aesthetics of anxiety goes beyond the idea that there is anxiety in aesthetics to place anxiety at the very heart of aesthetic experience, thus transforming anxiety into a particularly aesthetic affect that becomes part of our understanding of every work of art, every act of creation. " - Back cover.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAlbany
PublisherSUNY Press
Number of pages183
ISBN (Print)9780791476673, 9780791476680
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameSUNY series, insinuations
PublisherSUNY Press


  • Psychology and philosophy
  • Anxiety
  • Aesthetics
  • אסתטיקה
  • فلسفة الجمال
  • חרדה
  • פסיכולוגיה ופילוסופיה

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Aesthetics
  • Anxiety
  • Psychology and philosophy
  • Beautiful, The -- Aesthetics
  • Beauty -- Aesthetics
  • Esthetics
  • Taste (Aesthetics)
  • Angst
  • Anxieties
  • Anxiousness
  • Philosophy and psychology


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