The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art

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  • Copyright: 2016-03-10
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art provides an extensive research resource to the burgeoning field of Asian aesthetics. Featuring leading international scholars and teachers whose work defines the field, this unique volume reflects the very best scholarship in creative, analytic, and comparative philosophy.

Beginning with a philosophical reconstruction of the classical rasa aesthetics, chapters range from the nature of art-emotions, tones of thinking, and aesthetic education to issues in film-theory and problems of the past versus present. As well as discussing indigenous versus foreign in aesthetic practices, this volume covers North and South Indian performance practices and theories, alongside recent and new themes including the Gandhian aesthetics of surrender and self-control and the aesthetics of touch in the light of the politics of untouchability.

With such unparalleled and authoritative coverage, The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art represents a dynamic map of comparative cross-cultural aesthetics. Bringing together original philosophical research from renowned thinkers, it makes a major contribution to both Eastern and Western contemporary aesthetics.

Author Biography

Arindam Chakrabarti is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa, USA.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Contemporary Indian Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, Arindam Chakrabarti (University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA)

1. Two Cultures in Indian Epistemology of Aesthetic Meaning, Lawrence McCrea (Cornell University, USA)
2. Rasa Aesthetics goes Global: Relevance and Legitimacy, Priyadarshi Patnaik (Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India)
3. Who is afraid of Mimesis ? Contesting the Common Sense of Indian Aesthetics through the Theory of 'Mimesis' or Anukarana Vâda, Parul Dave Mukherji (School of Aesthetics and Art History, JNU, New Delhi, India)
4.Thoughts on Svara and Rasa : Music as Thinking/Thinking as Music, Mukund Lath Patnaik (Ann Arbor, Michigan/Jaipur, India)
5. The Aesthetics of the Resplendent Sapphire: Erotic Devotion in Rupa Gosvamin's Ujjvalanilama?i, Nrisinha Prasad Bhaduri (Cornell University, USA)
6. The Impersonal Subjectivity of Aesthetic Emotion, Bijoy H Boruah (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India)
7. Refining the Repulsive: Towards an Indian Aesthetics of the Ugly and the Disgusting, Arindam Chakrabarti (University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA)
8. The Perfume of/from the Past: Modern Reflections on Ancient Art, Sudipta Kaviraj (Columbia University, USA)
9. Aesthetics of Theft, Sibaji Bandyopadhyay (Jadavpur University, India)
10. Approaches to Time in Rajput and Mughal painting, B.N.Goswamy (Emeritus Professor of Aesthetics and Art-History, Punjab University Chandigarh, India)
11. Deep Seeing: Notes on Ku?iya??am, David Shulman (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
12. Realizing the body in movement: Gestures of Freedom in the Dance Aesthetics of Rabindranath Tagore and Kumar Shahani, Rimli Bhattacharya (University of Delhi, India)
13. The Aesthetical Paradox of the Hermit's Hut, Kazi Khaleed Ashraf (University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA)
14. Aesthetic of Touch and Skin: An Essay in Contemporary Indian Political Phenomenology, Gopal Guru (Jawaharlal Nehru University, USA)
15. Demands and Dilemmas of Durga Puja 'Art': Notes on a Contemporary Festival Aesthetics, Tapati Guha-Thakurta (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta)
16. The Sky of Cinema, Moinak Biswas (Jadavpur University, India)
17. Towards a Gandhian Aesthetics: The Poetics of Surrender and the Art of Brahmacharya, Tridip Suhrud (Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust, India)
18. Aesthetic Judgement of Disgrace, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia University, USA)


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