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The Sociology of Art (Routledge Revivals)

ISBN 9780415504546
Published November 19, 2012 by Routledge
800 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1982, The Sociology of Art considers all forms of the arts, whether visual arts, literature, film, theatre or music from Bach to the Beatles. The last book to be completed by Arnold Hauser before his death in 1978, it is a total analysis of the spiritual forces of social expression, based upon comprehensive historical experience and documentation. Hauser explores art through the earliest times to the modern era, with fascinating analyses of the mass media and current manifestations of human creativity. An extension and completion of his earlier work, The Social History of Art, this volume represents a summing up of his thought and forms a fitting climax to his life’s work. Translated by Kenneth J. Northcote.

Table of Contents

Foreword  Preface  Part One: Fundamentals  1. Totality of Life and the Totality of Art  2. Spontaneity and Convention  3. Sociology and Psychology  4. Art and Historicity Part Two: The Interaction between Art and Society Introduction: Interaction and Dialectic  5. Art as a Product of Society  6. Society as the Product of Art Part Three: Dialectic: Light and Will-o’-the-Wisp  7. The Concept of Dialectic  8. The Principle of Contradiction 9. The Dialectic of History and Nature  10. The Dialectic of the Aesthetic  11. Limits of Dialectic Part Four: En Route from Author to Public  12. Address and Discussion  13. On the Experience of Art  14. The Consumers of Art  15. The Mediators 16. Art Criticism 17. Institutions of Mediation  18. The Art Trade  19. Understanding and Misunderstanding  20. Success and Failure  21. Social and Antisocial Motives Part Five: The Differentiation of Art According to Cultural Strata  22. Class and Culture  23. The Art of the Cultural Elite  24. Folk Art  25. Popular Art  26. Mass Art  27. An Interpretation of Mass Culture  28. The Mass Media  29. Pop Art Part Six: The End of Art?  30. Concepts of the Demise of Art  31. Presuppositions of Present-Day Art  32. Symptoms of Crisis in Present-Day Art

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