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When Mirrors Are WindowsA View of A.K. Ramanujan's Poetics$
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Guillermo Rodríguez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463602

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463602.001.0001

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Holding the Mirror

Holding the Mirror

A.K. Ramanujan’s ‘Inner’ Aesthetics

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When Mirrors Are Windows

Guillermo Rodríguez

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the concepts of aesthetic experience and the aesthetic object before turning to Ramanujan’s ‘inner’ aesthetics. It illustrates some of the factors and processes behind the author’s aesthetic sensibility and analyses his aesthetic attitude in particular situations on the basis of revelations and interpretations made in the private writings contained in the A.K. Ramanujan Papers. The poet’s thoughts on the aesthetic appreciation of objects or events are exposed in a variety of text-types and discussed at two principal levels of interpretation. On the one hand, in the context of particular personal experiences, observations, and incidents recorded in a literary or prosaic style in the journals and drafts of poems; and on the other hand, by articulating in a more abstract manner in his journals and interviews the processes that trigger an aesthetic response in life, art, and poetry.

Keywords:   aesthetic experience, aesthetic object, literary biography, Aldous Huxley, Ezra Pound

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