First published in 1991. The arts can only thrive in a culture where there is conversation about them. This is particularly true of the arts in an education context. Yet often the discussion is poor because we do not have the necessary concepts for the elaboration of our aesthetic responses, or sufficient familiarity with the contending schools of interpretation. The aim of Key Concepts is to engender a broad and informed conversation about the arts.
By means of over sixty alphabetically ordered essays, the author offers a map of aesthetics, critical theory and the arts in education. The essays are both informative and argumentative, with cross-references, a supporting bibliography and suggestions for further reading.
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Aesthetic/Aesthetics 2. Aesthetic Field 3. Aesthetic Intelligence 4. Alienation Effect 5. Archetype 6. Arts in Education: The Idea of a Generic Arts Community 7. Arts in the Primary School 8. Art World; Institutional Theories of Art 9. Beauty 10. Classicism and Romanticism 11. Communication 12. Creativity 13. Dance in Education 14. Death of the Author 15. Deconstruction 16. Drama Education 17. Expression 18. Feminist Critical Theory 19. Figurative and Literal 20. Film in Education 21. Form, Formalism 22. Genius 23. Holocaust 24. Human Nature (Natural, Innate) 25. ‘I’ 26. Icon, Index, Symbol 27. Imagination 28. Intention and Convention 29. Interpretation 30. Judgement (of Beauty, of Taste) 31. Language 32. Literature and Education 33. Mapping Some –isms: Expressionism, Impressionism, Naturalism, Realism, Surrealism 34. Marxist Critical Theory 35. Meaning 36. Medium 37. Mimesis and Katharsis 38. Modernism and Post-Modernism 39. Morality and Art 40. Multicultural Arts Education 41. Music in Education 42. Obscenity and Pornography 43. Originals, Copies, Performances and Reproductions 44. Photography 45. Play 46. Politics and Art 47. Post-Structuralism 48. Religion and Art 49. Representation (and Seeing-in) 50. Self-Expression 51. Semiology/Semiotics 52. Space and Time, Arts of 53. Structuralism 54. Style 55. Sublime 56. Symbol, Symbolism 57. Taste 58. Tears and Laughter 59. Text and Context 60. Tradition 61. Unconscious/The Unconscious 62. Visual Arts in Education 63. Willing Suspension of Disbelief; Further Reading; Bibliography; Index
This set reissues 6 books on aesthetics originally published between 1933 and 1991. The volumes provide a clear introduction to classic philosophical accounts of art and beauty, as well as exploring the significance of aesthetics in more recent developments in philosophy.