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Here and there: an artist's writing as aesthetic form

Francis, Mary Anne (2010) Here and there: an artist's writing as aesthetic form. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 3 (2). pp. 97-109. ISSN 17535190

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Francis, Mary Anne

Developing the recent interest in ‘art-writing’, this one-act play explores one aspect of that area: specifically, an artist's writing. The monologue adapts Mieke Bal's notion of art history, written from the place of its objects, to invoke the idea of an artist's writing as writing by and as an artist. Contending that this is writing as aesthetic form, the play's ‘Speaker’ proposes that an artist's writing is distinct from other forms of discourse about art precisely by virtue of its aesthetic dimension. The speaker defines ‘aesthetic’ via Hegel's notion of the arts as a symbolic discourse in which the signifier is visible, and ‘motivated’ by its signified. In a Hegelian scheme, this makes the arts inferior, and hence makes the task of defending aesthetic writing, which takes up the rest of this drama, all the more urgent. The case is made with reference to pedagogic pragmatics, cultural politics, ethics and therapeutics: Barthes' ‘pleasure of the text’ – with which the text concludes.

Official Website: http://www.atypon-link.com/INT/doi/abs/10.1386/jwcp.3.2.97_1
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: an artist's writing, aesthetic writing, Mieke Bal, Hegel's aesthetics, Writing-PAD, situational fiction
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Intellect
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 2010
Copyright Holders: Mary Anne Francis
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1386/jwcp.3.2.97_1
Related Websites: http://www.atypon-link.com/INT/doi/abs/10.1386/jwcp.3.2.95_2, http://issuu.com/gavinmelles/docs/amd_2009_fa
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Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2012 10:43
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 03:52
Item ID: 3558
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/3558

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