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The Resource The aesthetics of murder : a study in romantic literature and contemporary culture, Joel Black

The aesthetics of murder : a study in romantic literature and contemporary culture, Joel Black

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The aesthetics of murder : a study in romantic literature and contemporary culture
Title
The aesthetics of murder
Title remainder
a study in romantic literature and contemporary culture
Statement of responsibility
Joel Black
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "What connects the Romantic essays of Thomas De Quincey and the violent cinema of Brian De Palma? Or the "beautiful" suicides of Hedda Gabler and Yukio Mishima? Or the shootings of John Lennon and Ronald Reagan? In The Aesthetics of Murder, Joel Black explores the sometimes gruesome interplay between life and art, between actual violence and images of violence in a variety of literary texts, paintings, and films. Rather than exclude murder from critical consideration by dismissing it as a crime, Black urges us to ponder the killer's artistic role -- and our own experience as audience, witness, or voyeur. Black examines murder as a recurring, obsessive theme in the Romantic tradition, approaching the subject from an aesthetic rather than a moral, psychological, or philosophical perspective. And he brings into his discussion contemporary instances of sensational murders and assassinations, treating these as mimetic or cathartic activities in their own right. Combining historical documentation with theoretical insights, Black shows that the possibilities of representing violence -- and of experiencing it -- as art were recognized early in the nineteenth century as logical extensions of Romantic theories of the sublime. Since then, both traditional art forms and the modern mass media have contributed to the growing aestheticization of daily experience -- including murder, suicide, and terrorism."--Book cover
  • "What connects the Romantic essays of Thomas De Quincey and the violent cinema of Brian De Palma? Or the "beautiful" suicides of Hedda Gabler and Yukio Mishima? Or the shootings of John Lennon and Ronald Reagan? In The Aesthetics of Murder, Joel Black explores the sometimes gruesome interplay between life and art, between actual violence and images of violence in a variety of literary texts, paintings, and films. Rather than exclude murder from critical consideration by dismissing it as a crime, Black urges us to ponder the killer's artistic role -- and our own experience as audience, witness, or voyeur. Black examines murder as a recurring, obsessive theme in the Romantic tradition, approaching the subject from an aesthetic rather than a moral, psychological, or philosophical perspective. And he brings into his discussion contemporary instances of sensational murders and assassinations, treating these as mimetic or cathartic activities in their own right. Combining historical documentation with theoretical insights, Black shows that the possibilities of representing violence -- and of experiencing it -- as art were recognized early in the nineteenth century as logical extensions of Romantic theories of the sublime. Since then, both traditional art forms and the modern mass media have contributed to the growing aestheticization of daily experience -- including murder, suicide, and terrorism." -- Book cover
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1950-
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Black, Joel
Dewey number
809/.93355
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.M85
LC item number
B57 1991
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Parallax : re-visions of culture and society
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Murder in literature
  • Romanticism
  • Fiction
  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Murder literature
  • Murder in mass media
  • Literature and society
  • Moorden
  • Misdaadverhalen
Label
The aesthetics of murder : a study in romantic literature and contemporary culture, Joel Black
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Publication
Note
"A Johns Hopkins paperback" -- Back cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-266) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction --- Part I. ONE: Murder as (Fine) Art -- TWO: Murder as (Pure) Action -- THREE: Murder as (Carnal) Knowledge --- Part II. FOUR: Mimesis and Murder -- FIVE: Catharsis and Murder -- AFTERWORD: Writing after Murder
Control code
23252442
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x, 276 pages
Isbn
9780801841811
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
91008595
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1399477
Label
The aesthetics of murder : a study in romantic literature and contemporary culture, Joel Black
Publication
Note
"A Johns Hopkins paperback" -- Back cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-266) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction --- Part I. ONE: Murder as (Fine) Art -- TWO: Murder as (Pure) Action -- THREE: Murder as (Carnal) Knowledge --- Part II. FOUR: Mimesis and Murder -- FIVE: Catharsis and Murder -- AFTERWORD: Writing after Murder
Control code
23252442
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x, 276 pages
Isbn
9780801841811
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
91008595
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1399477

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