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Transformative Aesthetics





ISBN 9780367736002
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

Aesthetic theory in the West has, until now, been dominated by ideas of effect, autonomy, and reception. Transformative Aesthetics uncovers these theories’ mutual concern with the transformation of those involved.



From artists to spectators, readers, listeners, or audiences, the idea of transformation is one familiar to cultures across the globe. Transformation of the individual is only one part of this aesthetic phenomenon, as contemporary artists are increasingly called upon to have a transformative, sustainable impact on society at large. To this end, Erika Fischer Lichte and Benjamin Wihstutz present a series of fresh perspectives on the discussion of aesthetics, uniting Western theory with that of India, China, Australia, and beyond.



Each chapter of Transformative Aesthetics focuses on a different approach to transformation, from the foundations of aesthetics to contemporary theories, breaking new ground to establish a network of thought that spans theatre, performance, art history, cultural studies, and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Transformative Aesthetics—Reflections on the Metamorphic Power of Art



Erika Fischer-Lichte





1 Aristotle’s theory of Katharsis in its Historical and Social Contexts



Edith Hall





2 The Taste of Art and Transcendence: Transformation(s) in Rasa and Bhakti Aesthetics



Guillermo Rodriguez





3 Metamorphosis in the Picture



Bernhard Waldenfels





4 Somaesthetics and Self-Cultivation in Chinese Art



Richard Shusterman





5 Schiller’s Transformative Aesthetics



Benjamin Wihstutz





6 Clairvoyance and Transformation: Wagner’s Neuroaesthetics



Matthew Wilson Smith



7 The Invisible Vanguard: Reflections on Political Movements and Contemporary AvantGarde Formations



James Harding





8 Applied Theatre: Theatre for Change



Matthias Warstat





9 Transformative Resistance and Aesthetics



Bill Ashcroft





10 The Art of not Relating with one Another—Notes on Some Issues and Potentials of Relational Art



Sandra Umathum

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Biography

Erika FISCHER-LICHTE is professor of Theatre Studies at Free University Berlin. She is past president of the International Federation for Theatre Research, and holds the chair of the Institute for Advanced Studies on "Interweaving Cultures in Performance".



Benjamin WIHSTUTZ is assistant professor of Theatre Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, and a research fellow for eight years at the Interdisciplinary Research Center "Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits".