Art in the Offertorium Narcissism, Psychoanalysis, and Cultural Metaphysics

by Harvey Giesbrecht, Charles Levin

Part of the Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies Series

Art in the Offertorium Narcissism, Psychoanalysis, and Cultural Metaphysics Synopsis

This book proposes a new approach to the problem of aesthetic experience in Western culture. Noting how art world phenomena evoke conventional psychoanalytic speculations about narcissism, the authors turn the tables and apply aesthetic questions and concerns to psychoanalytic theory. Experimenting with Freudian and post-Freudian concepts, they propose a non-normative theory of the psychic drive to address and embrace deep tensions in the post-Renaissance aesthetic project, the rise of modernism, and the contemporary art world. It is argued that these tensions reflect central conflicts in the development of patriarchal civilization, which the emergence of the aesthetic domain, as a specialized range of practice, exposes and subverts. The postmodern era of aesthetic reflection is interpreted as the outcome of a complex narcissistic dialectic of idealization and de-idealization that is significant for the understanding of contemporary culture and its historical prospects.

Book Information

ISBN: 9789042035010
Publication date: 1st January 2012
Author: Harvey Giesbrecht, Charles Levin
Publisher: Editions Rodopi B.V. an imprint of Brill
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 268 pages
Categories: Psychology,

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