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The Author, Art, and the Market: Rereading the History of Aesthetics
Analyzing the rise of art in the 18th century, this treatise demonstrates how painting, sculpture and literature were not regarded as valuable art forms before the emergence of a new bourgeois culture. The author reveals how Romantic poets and philosophers invented art as we know it today.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 6th 1996 by Columbia University Press
(first published December 1st 1993)
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Jan 03, 2011 John rated it liked it
While this book is primarily about how the concepts of high art and fine artists were developed during the 18th and 19th Century in Germany (and then exported to England), there's some interesting exploration of the popular novels of Germany at the beginning of the middle class. The book was worth the skimming and reading if only for the descriptions of the popular novels of the time (A Family Novel, Containing Various Seductions and Sea-Fights with Pirates) and the ongoing struggle between "rea ...more