By R. Bleiker
This ebook provides one of many first systematic exams of aesthetic insights into global politics. It examines the character of aesthetic methods and descriptions how they fluctuate from conventional research of politics. The booklet explores the aptitude and bounds of aesthetics via a sequence of case experiences on language and poetics.
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The most authoritative among them is a classic essay by Richard Devetak as well as more recent but equally compelling essays by David Campbell, Anthony Burke and Jenny Edkins. 61 I am using the term ‘postmodernism’ in its broadest sense here: as a series of inquiries that stress the need to come to terms with what Nietzsche called ‘the death of God’, the disappearance, at the end of the medieval period, of a generally accepted world view that provided a stable ground from which it was possible to assess nature, knowledge, common values, truth, politics, in short, life itself.
31 But, of course, even the most ‘perfect’ painting is, as outlined above, still a form of representation. 32 Modernism moved art away from mimesis to the point that some commentators now see inherently anti-mimetic qualities in art. The aesthetic has taken over, they argue, because a modern artist does not merely try to bring about trompe l’oeil effects – attempts to create representations so realistic that they give the illusion of the actual thing depicted. To be of artistic value, a work of art – be it a poem, an opera, a painting or a photograph – must be able to engage and capture not only exterior realities, but also, and above all, our human relationship with them.
97 Travelogues are a curious intermediate literary genre. Located somewhere between factual and fictional accounts, between personal stories and description of places and people, they are said to be more nuanced than guidebooks but lacking the sophistication associated with novels. Authors such as Bruce Chatwin and Paul Theroux report from exotic locations back to the ‘civilised’ world in accounts that transgress genres as much as geographical boundaries: anthropological explorations and literary ambitions crisscrossing scientific reporting, cultural judgements and political commentary.
Aesthetics and World Politics (Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies) by R. Bleiker