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Speaking of Beauty

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Publisher Comments:

Writing about his newest book, Denis Donoghue says, "I do not offer to say why Jennifer Lopez and Brad Pitt are beautiful, or what cultural axioms are at work in the common agreement that they are. Instead I think of beauty as a value--like its companions, the true and the good--and I ponder the 'words of tribute' that are devoted to it." Here one of the foremost living critics of the English language, Denis Donoghue, examines instances of beauty and the language that beauty inspires. An appreciative and wide-ranging reader, Donoghue discusses Kant, Schiller, Keats, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Ruskin, Henry James, Proust, Yeats, Housman, Woolf, T. S. Eliot, and many more. He considers some of the main theories of beauty and their terms of reference and appreciation. And he examines the relation of beauty to form: form as found in landscape, persons, poems, paintings, and musical phrases; and form as in the difficult question of beauty and its wild neighbor, the sublime. Writing with his customary elegance and lucidity, Donoghue tells us that beauty is a topic that has once again become interesting and even fashionable, and in this book he shows how it can be discussed with intelligence and decency.

Synopsis:

A foremost critic of the English language here reflects on beauty and the language that it inspires in authors from Kant to Keats, Hawthorne to Housman.

“An excellent and eloquent book.”—James Wood, New York Times Book Review

“A beautiful book about beauty. Enormously learned, allusive, recuperative, and citational, it is a passionate meditation on what has been said about beauty in the West from the Greeks to the present day.”—J. Hillis Miller

“Donoghue talks . . . with a delightful informality and absence of dogma. . . . One of the most charming features of Denis Donoghues book is his appendix of ‘afterwords, brief quotations on beauty from sundry writers.”—John Bayley, New York Review of Books

“Continuously fascinating, continuously readable, the book speaks of beauty, and of speakers of beauty, in its own calm, steady voice. You wont want to lay it down.”—Hugh Kenner

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-202) and index.

About the Author

Denis Donoghue is University Professor and Henry James Professor of English and American Letters at New York University.

Table of Contents

Speaking of beauty — The tragic sense of beauty — Every wrinkle the touch of a master — The force of form — Ruskin, Venice, and the fate of beauty.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300098938
Author:
Donoghue, Denis
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Art and literature
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Aesthetics, American.
Subject:
Tragic, The -- In literature.
Subject:
Aesthetics, British.
Subject:
English literature -- History and criticism.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
233/00
Publication Date:
20040811
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.6 lb

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Product details 224 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300098938 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
A foremost critic of the English language here reflects on beauty and the language that it inspires in authors from Kant to Keats, Hawthorne to Housman.

“An excellent and eloquent book.”—James Wood, New York Times Book Review

“A beautiful book about beauty. Enormously learned, allusive, recuperative, and citational, it is a passionate meditation on what has been said about beauty in the West from the Greeks to the present day.”—J. Hillis Miller

“Donoghue talks . . . with a delightful informality and absence of dogma. . . . One of the most charming features of Denis Donoghues book is his appendix of ‘afterwords, brief quotations on beauty from sundry writers.”—John Bayley, New York Review of Books

“Continuously fascinating, continuously readable, the book speaks of beauty, and of speakers of beauty, in its own calm, steady voice. You wont want to lay it down.”—Hugh Kenner

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-202) and index.
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