The Mask of Art: Breaking the Aesthetic Contract--film and Literature
Indiana University Press, 1998 - Aestheticism (Literature) - 343 pages
Clyde Taylor exposes the concept of "art" as a tool of ethnocentricity and racial ideology. He challenges the history of aesthetics as a recent invention of privileged Western consumerism, questioning the myth of its ancient Greek origin."The aesthetic experience", he suggests, is a device employed by Euro-American culture to dominate historical interpretation. Areas such as cinema studies, the avant garde, and Marxist and feminist criticism are compromised by this aesthetic reasoning. Examining various texts including The Birth of a Nation, Taylor demonstrates how rationales of "art" are used to Mask personal, class, and cultural biases.
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