• Deconstructing Disney World

    Author(s):
    Arnold Berleant (see profile)
    Date:
    2007
    Subject(s):
    Aesthetics, Environmental aesthetics, Environment
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    disney world, aesthetic engagement, aesthetic critique
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6RR1PM46
    Abstract:
    It might seem strange to propose an aesthetic consideration of the theme park, that artificial bloom in the garden of popular culture. The aesthetic is often considered a minority interest in the modern world, yet it offers a distinctive perspective, even on an activity that has mass appeal, and can provide insights that would otherwise remain undiscovered. Aesthetic description and interpretation can illuminate the theme park in many directions: as architecture, design, theater, landscape architecture, environment. I shall choose the last of these, environment.
    Notes:
    Previously published as "The Critical Aesthetics of Disney World," Journal of Applied Philosophy, 11/2 (1994), 171-180. As "Deconstructing Disney World," translated into Chinese by Niu Hong Bao and published in Wen She Zhe (Literature, History, and Philosophy, a journal in P.R. China), 1994/2, 92-103.
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