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By Gillian B. Pierce

The chic this day considers modern purposes of aesthetic philosophy and prior theories of the elegant from Longinus, Boileau, Burke, Kant, and Hegel to present literary and cultural contexts. this present day, aesthetic adventure itself seems altering, given the increase of recent media and new stipulations for the viewing and the reception of artistic endeavors. How may possibly the rhetoric of the chic be used to either describe our present state of affairs and aid formulate confident responses to it? The elegant at the present time collects the paintings of students in literature, movie, paintings, and media reports and offers a discussion board for investigating the modern relevance of the elegant either because it has been understood traditionally and because it has been formulated through more moderen theorists equivalent to Jameson, Lyotard, Kristeva, and others. the quantity comprises essays on literary readings of the elegant in Coetze, Eggers, Lahiri, and Auster, essays on movie and the visible arts within the paintings of Francois Ozon and in fresh participatory artwork, and essays on how new applied sciences and media, as in media representations of 9-11, re-frame our dating to the aesthetics of the elegant, in particular as they intersect with questions of gender, the postcolonial, and the uneasy politics of terror.

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