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Synonyms for aesthete

one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature


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But these days nothing is less likely to be espoused than an aestheticism of any sort.
s "Greek" modernism into a forum to expose social inequity, racism, and genocide with the cold hard gaze of a photographer and with the accuracy of a legal historian, he converted Arnold's model of Hellenism as aestheticism into the purpose of recovering history as impregnable fact in works such as Holocaust and Testimony: The United States 1885-1890: Recitative.
Instead of a complacent discourse about so far accepted aesthetic verities, new aestheticism presents a fundamental challenge to old-style aesthetics, that is, the politically impregnated, grossly reductive, elitist modes of committed theoretical criticism.
He exaggerated the importance of Viennese aestheticism, overlooking the ethical impulse apparent even in the early works of Schnitzler and Hofmannsthal.
Hence, Schaffer's uncovering of this alternative aestheticism reads somewhat dramatically, and her use of ghostly and haunting metaphors throughout the book adds to that drama.
Wilde's Aestheticism never encourages immorality or amoralism although many of his fellow Victorians were most willing to misinterpret it;" says the author, "his stress on form never means his rejection of content, for, in his concept, form and content must be one" (47).
These are poignant words because, as Ex-Friends makes clear, the things Podhoretz now realizes he loved about the Family are just what he personally rejected in the late '60s: the Family's apartness from the commercial mainstream (snobbish and hypocritical though it could sometimes be), its high piety about its mission, its aestheticism.
Among the major critical turns and counter-turns, several stand out: Dryden signals a "gradual drift away from the prejudices of the age" (27); Hurd, influenced by French "method," redefines the critical "rules" (65); Beattie initiates a "new understanding of decorum" (80); Dowden's application of an Aristotelian "hermeneutic method" to Spenser (134) recalls Hurd even as it sounds a death-knell to the aestheticism he fomented; Greenlaw's resolute historicism in the service of cultural progressivism "might be regarded as an early version of ideology critique" (165); Berger lends Spenser criticism a "new and sustained intricacy of argument" (179).
But in order to do justice to our common conceptions of virtue, and to explain satisfactorily the phenomenon of aestheticism, we must distinguish the character of the pleasure associated with moral beauty from that of the pleasure associated with sensuous beauty.
This was a culture that celebrated the "arts" of studied behavior:mannered conversation, baisemain seduction, graceful athleticism (thus fencing), and an aestheticism based on the refined contemplation of art objects.
As delineated by Fredric Jameson in Post-modernism and Consumer Society, pastiche is a key component in a new aesthetic which is actually the death of aestheticism in the arts.
In England, the artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, from 1848, had sown the seeds of Aestheticism, and the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, and Algernon Charles Swinburne exemplified it in expressing a yearning for ideal beauty through conscious medievalism.
Far more than simply a type of aestheticism, camp has a subversive, or even emancipatory, potential: It represents a form of protest against conventional gender roles.
In the opening chapters of her book, Waugh advances the view that Postmodernism and Modernism link up with Romanticism and the aestheticism of Schiller's Letters on the Aesthelic Education of Man in rejecting purely instrumental rationality.
The rise and brief reign of Paterian aestheticism in British letters has commonly been regarded as a strange aberration or as a false dawn of Modernism.