Art and Life in Aestheticism

De-Humanizing and Re-Humanizing Art, the Artist, and the Artistic Receptor

  • Kelly Comfort

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Reflections on the Relationship between Art and Life in Aestheticism

  3. Reevaluating the Seminal Works of Nineteenth-Century Aestheticism

  4. Reconsidering Turn-of-the-Century Aestheticism

  5. Rereading the Aestheticist Strand of Twentieth-Century Literature

  6. Reassessing Aestheticism in Twentieth-Century Theory

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 232-240

About this book


Art for art's sake addresses the relationship between art and life. Although it has long been argued that aestheticism aims to de-humanize art, this volume seeks to consider the counterclaim that such de-humanization can also lead to re-humanization and to a deepened relationship between the aesthetic sphere and the world at large.


aesthetics Friedrich Nietzsche Theodor W. Adorno transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Kelly Comfort
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Modern LanguageGeorgia TechUSA

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