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The Fate of Art: Philosophical Aesthetics and Contemporary Culture (6 points)


Leader: Alison Ross

Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: In this unit we will examine the philosophical and institutional background to some of the significant movements in twentieth century art practice. After a brief examination of modern philosophical accounts of a crisis of cultural value in Kant and Hegel we will consider the implications of this crisis for modes of artistic representation and content, as well as twentieth century models of theoretical explanation for the significance of the arts. Works to be examined will include selections from Freud, Lyotard, Derrida, Bourdieu and Burger.

Assessment: 2 Essays of 2, 250 words, one under exam conditions, each worth 45% plus a seminar mark comprising a presentation of 10%

Contact Hours: 2.5 hours (1hour lecture and 1.5 hour seminar) per week

Prohibitions: CLS3280

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