Sixteen specially commissioned essays from an international team of experts explore key issues, the latest work and future directions in the field of aesthetics. "The Continuum Companion to Aesthetics" offers the definitive guide to contemporary aesthetics. The book covers all the most pressing and important themes and categories in the field - areas that have continued to attract interest historically as well as topics that have emerged more recently as active areas of research. Sixteen specially commissioned essays from an international team of experts reveal where important work continues to be done in the area and, most valuably, the exciting new directions the field is taking. "The Companion" explores new issues pertaining to contemporary art forms, as well as tackling traditional questions in well-established art forms with the insight of new disciplines such as pragmatics and other areas of cognitive science. Featuring a series of indispensable research tools, including an A to Z of key terms and concepts, a chronology, a detailed list of resources and a fully annotated bibliography, this is the essential reference tool for anyone working in aesthetics.
"The Continuum Companions Series" is a major series of single volume companions to key research fields in the humanities aimed at postgraduate students, scholars and libraries. Each companion offers a comprehensive reference resource giving an overview of key topics, research areas, new directions and a manageable guide to beginning or developing research in the field. A distinctive feature of the series is that each companion provides practical guidance on advanced study and research in the field, including research methods and subject-specific resources.
Anna Christina Ribeiro is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Texas Tech University, USA.
1. Introduction; 2. Current Research and Issues; i. Defining Art(s); ii. Locating the Artwork; iii. Aesthetic Experience; iv. Aesthetic Properties.; v. Aesthetic Value and Artistic Value; vi. Music; vii. Literature; viii. Visual Arts; ix. Film; x. Theatre; xi. Dance; xii. Architecture; xiii. Environmental Aesthetics; xiv. Feminist and Global Aesthetics; xv. Popular Art; 3. New Directions in Aesthetics; 4. Research Methods and Problems; 5. A to Z of Key Terms and Concepts; 6. Chronology; 7. Resources; 8. Bibliography.