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The Concept of the Animal and Modern Theories of Art

1st Edition

By Roni Grén

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164 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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Description

This book examines the importance of the animal in modern art theory, using classic texts of modern aesthetics and texts written by modern artists to explore the influence of the human-animal relationship on nineteenth and twentieth century artists and art theorists. The book is unique due to its focus on the concept of the animal, rather than on images of animals, and it aims towards a theoretical account of the connections between the notions of art and animality in the modern age. Roni Grén’s book spans various disciplines, such as art theory, art history, animal studies, modernism, postmodernism, posthumanism, philosophy, and aesthetics.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1 The Exceptionality of the Human Spirit

The Human Exception

Natural Aesthetics

Origin and Language

Nature Created in Man’s Image

To Have and Have Not

Part 2 The Animal and the Image

Introduction: Discourse and Imagicity

Condillac and Animal Imagination

Rousseau and the Noble Visual

Diderot’s Suspicion

A Concluding Note

Part 3 Art and Evolution

Introduction: Darwin’s Century

The Subjective and the Objective

The Crisis of Symbolism and the Violent Other

Evolution of the Species and the Creative Sentiment

Nietzsche

Part 4 The Poetic Lie

The Primitive Origin of Art

Gaze and the Invisible

The World of Abstraction and the Revolution of the Beasts

Dream, Debauchery, Myth

Part 5 Conclusion: The Modern Other

Animalization of Art

The Formalist World of Creation

The Surrealist Solutions

The Animal Itself

Afterword

Bibliography

Index

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1 The Exceptionality of the Human Spirit

The Human Exception

Natural Aesthetics

Origin and Language

Nature Created in Man’s Image

To Have and Have Not

Part 2 The Animal and the Image

Introduction: Discourse and Imagicity

Condillac and Animal Imagination

Rousseau and the Noble Visual

Diderot’s Suspicion

A Concluding Note

Part 3 Art and Evolution

Introduction: Darwin’s Century

The Subjective and the Objective

The Crisis of Symbolism and the Violent Other

Evolution of the Species and the Creative Sentiment

Nietzsche

Part 4 The Poetic Lie

The Primitive Origin of Art

Gaze and the Invisible

The World of Abstraction and the Revolution of the Beasts

Dream, Debauchery, Myth

Part 5 Conclusion: The Modern Other

Animalization of Art

The Formalist World of Creation

The Surrealist Solutions

The Animal Itself

Afterword

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Ph.D. Roni Grén is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Turku, Finland. His topics of research have been centered on modern art theory and French culture. Formerly, he has written a book on Georges Bataille’s writings on art, and is currently working on research entitled "Prehistory and Modernism."

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the fields of art and visual studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into visual culture and art practice, theory, and research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART009000
ART / Criticism & Theory
ART015030
ART / European
ART015100
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART050030
ART / Subjects & Themes / Plants & Animals
HIS037060
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HIS037070
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
NAT001000
NATURE / Animals / General
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHI001000
PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics
PHI006000
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Existentialism