Chapter 4. Pragmatism, Power, and the Politics of Aesthetic Experience

  1. John T. Matthews Professor
  1. Jeanne Follansbee Quinn Director

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310726.ch4

A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950

A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950

How to Cite

Quinn, J. F. (2009) Pragmatism, Power, and the Politics of Aesthetic Experience, in A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950 (ed J. T. Matthews), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310726.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, USA

Author Information

  1. Harvard University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 3 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631206873

Online ISBN: 9781444310726

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Keywords:

  • pragmatism, power, and politics of aesthetic experience;
  • liberal universalism and “blood” politics;
  • extended consideration - somatic and political effects of aesthetic experience;
  • “Long Black Song” - reconstructing a portion of critical debate on identification;
  • feminization of aesthetic experience and marginalization;
  • art's special knowledge - identification and aesthetics of cognition;
  • pragmatism and limits of justice;
  • racial essentialism - univocal discourse that underwrote white supremacy

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Art's Special Knowledge: Identification and the Aesthetics of Cognition

  • Identification Without Identity: Pragmatism and the Aesthetics of Contradiction

  • Pragmatism and the Limits of Justice

  • References and Further Reading