Art in the Offertorium: Narcissism, Psychoanalysis, and Cultural Metaphysics (Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies)

Art in the Offertorium: Narcissism, Psychoanalysis, and Cultural Metaphysics (Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies)

Charles Levin


This e-book proposes a brand new method of the matter of aesthetic event in Western tradition. Noting how paintings global phenomena evoke traditional psychoanalytic speculations approximately narcissism, the authors flip the tables and "apply" aesthetic questions and issues to psychoanalytic thought. Experimenting with Freudian and post-Freudian thoughts, they suggest a non-normative conception of the psychic force to deal with and include deep tensions within the post-Renaissance aesthetic venture, the increase of modernism, and the modern paintings international. it truly is argued that those tensions mirror crucial conflicts within the improvement of patriarchal civilization, which the emergence of the cultured area, as a really expert variety of perform, exposes and subverts. The postmodern period of aesthetic mirrored image is interpreted because the final result of a fancy narcissistic dialectic of idealization and de-idealization that's major for the knowledge of up to date tradition and its ancient customers.

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