The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic

2016.09.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Monique Roelofs, The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic, Bloomsbury, 2014, 271pp., $34.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781474242028. Reviewed
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2016.09.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Monique Roelofs, The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic, Bloomsbury, 2014, 271pp., $34.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781474242028. Reviewed by Rev. John J. Conley, S.J., Loyola University Maryland In this densely written work Roelofs explores a number of postmodern themes in aesthetics. Relationality, address, and the promise are especially prominent. Aesthetic relationality is one of the recurrent background motifs. In this perspective various modes of address embedded within aesthetic objects constitute promises or threats in which the viewer, reader, or listener is invited to participate, thus altering and/or being altered by the object. In this complex aesthetic universe people mediate things and things mediate people in layered aesthetic patterns. Questions of power and the will are never far from the surface in this account of the aesthetic. Aesthetic appreciation and interpretation involve a social agency. . .

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