The body in the dock: the aestheticism of Oscar Wilde

Harmes, Barbara (2012) The body in the dock: the aestheticism of Oscar Wilde. In: The British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture, 2-5 July 2012, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Abstract

Aesthetics is a complex notion that could be most simply described as 'the religion of beauty', in which art has no purpose but to be exquisite. One of the more significant symbols was the lily – an object of precious loveliness, to be contemplated, but having no useful function. Integral to the aesthetic experience, then, is the notion that art is alienated from normal social life.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 14. © The Contributors and Editors.
Depositing User: Dr Barbara Harmes
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 02:04
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: aestheticism; public opinion; moral standards
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220301 Aesthetics
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220319 Social Philosophy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22028

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