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The Mask of Art Breaking the Aesthetic Contract-Film and Literature

by Clyde Romer Hughes Taylor

The Mask of Art Breaking the Aesthetic Contract-Film and Literature Synopsis

In this critique of aesthetics and the politics of representation, Taylor demonstrates astonishing breadth and depth in arguing for 'breaking the aesthetic contract' that excludes anything that does not conform to Eurocentric notions of beauty.... it brings to black studies and cultural critique an internationalism that emphasizes the richness of forms of creative expression outside the norms set by European aesthetics. Highly recommended... -Choice Cultural critic Clyde Taylor exposes the concept of art as a tool of ethnocentricity and racial ideology. By examining various texts including The Birth of a Nation and The Cotton Club, Taylor demonstrates how rationales of art are used to mask personal, class, and cultural biases. Other works such as those by Toni Morrison, Chinua Achebe, and Spike Lee are scrutinized in terms of resistance to the dominant system of aesthetics.

The Mask of Art Breaking the Aesthetic Contract-Film and Literature Press Reviews

In this critique of aesthetics and the politics of representation, Taylor demonstrates astonishing breadth and depth in arguing for 'breaking the aesthetic contract' that excludes anything that does not conform to Eurocentric notions of beauty... it brings to black studies and cultural critique an internationalism that emphasizes the richness of forms of creative expression outside the norms set by European aesthetics. Highly recommended ... --Choice

Book Information

ISBN: 9780253211927
Publication date: 1st June 1998
Author: Clyde Romer Hughes Taylor
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 360 pages
Categories: Theory of art, Film theory & criticism,

About Clyde Romer Hughes Taylor

Clyde R. Taylor, film scholar and literary/cultural essayist, is Professor at the Gallatin School and in Africana Studies, New York University. His publications include Vietnam and Black America and the script for Midnight Ramble, a documentary about early Black independent cinema.

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