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Latin Poetry and the Judgement of Taste: An Essay in Aesthetics

Charles Martindale


The aim of this book is to encourage an interest in the tradition of modern Western aesthetics as it applies to poetry and the arts. It argues that the study of literature today is unduly dominated by ideology critique, and that there is a need for a new recognition of the importance of beauty and the aesthetic in our response to the arts. It explores ways in which Kant’s aesthetic theory, as set out in the Critique of Judgement, still provides powerful tools of analysis for the modern critic. For example, the Kantian aesthetic — the free judgement of taste — carries a rebuke to the means/end ... More

Keywords: aesthetic criticism, aestheticism, reception, ideology-critique, Kant, Walter Pater

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199240401
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199240401.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Martindale, author
Professor of Latin, University of Bristol
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