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Aesthetics of Ugliness: A Critical Edition by Karl Rosenkranz,Andrei Pop,Mechtild Widrich

By Karl Rosenkranz,Andrei Pop,Mechtild Widrich

during this key textual content within the historical past of artwork and aesthetics, Karl Rosenkranz exhibits ugliness to be the negation of good looks with no being reducible to evil, materiality, or different unfavorable phrases used it is traditional condemnation. This insistence at the specificity of ugliness, and on its dynamic prestige as a technique afflicting aesthetic canons, displays Rosenkranz's curiosity within the city - like Walter Benjamin, he wrote on Paris and Berlin - and his voracious gathering of sketch and renowned prints. Rosenkranz, residing and instructing, like Kant, in distant Königsberg, displays on phenomena of contemporary city lifestyles from a distance that ends up in serious illumination. The fight with modernization and idealist aesthetics makes Aesthetics of Ugliness, released 4 years sooner than Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, highly appropriate to modernist scan in addition to to the twenty-first century theoretical revival of beauty.

Translated into English for the 1st time, Aesthetics of Ugliness is an critical paintings for students and scholars of recent aesthetics and modernist paintings, literary reports and cultural thought, which essentially reworks conceptual understandings of what it ability for something to be ugly.

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