European Aestheticism and Spanish American Modernismo

Artist Protagonists and the Philosophy of Art for Art’s Sake

  • Authors
  • Kelly Comfort

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction: Redefining the Role of Art and the Artist at the Turn of the Century

  3. The Artist Avoids “Art for Life’s Sake”

  4. The Artist Protests “Art for the Market’s Sake”

  5. The Artist Promotes “Life for Art’s Sake”

  6. Conclusion: Reconsidering the Relationship between Art and Life, Form and Content, Poetry and Prose

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 144-180

About this book


Locating a shared interest in the philosophy of "art for art's sake" in aestheticism and modernismo , this study examines the changing role of art and artist during the turn-of-the-century period, offering a consideration of the multiple dichotomies of art and life, aesthetics and economics, production and consumption, and center and periphery.


aesthetics America American Modernism Oscar Wilde

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