• Art, Terrorism and the Negative Sublime

    Author(s):
    Arnold Berleant (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Sociology of terrorism, Aesthetics, Immanuel Kant, Aesthetic theory, Politics, Political theory
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    negative aesthetics, the sublime, terror, Happenings
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6VQ2S91X
    Abstract:
    As the range of the aesthetic has expanded to cover not only a wider range of objects and situations of daily life but to encompass the negative. This includes terrorism, whose aesthetic impact is central to its use as a political tactic. The complex of positive and negative aesthetic values in terrorism are explored, introducing the concept of the sublime as a negative category to illuminate the analysis and the distinctive aesthetic of terrorism.
    Notes:
    "Art, Terrorism, and the Negative Sublime,” in Arts and Terror ed. V. L. Marchenkov (Cambridge Scholars Publ., 2014), pp. 1-15. Reprinted in Artenol, Winter 2016, 24-31. Published in Arnold Berleant, Sensibility and Sense: The Aesthetic Transformation of the Human World (Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic, 2010), Ch. 10. Contemporary Aesthetics, Vol. 7 (2009).
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