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David E. Wellbery
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Lessing's Laocoon: Semiotics and Aesthetics in the Age of Reason

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This study analyses the emergence of aesthetic theory in eighteenth-century Germany in relation to contemporary theories of the nature of language and signs. As well as being extremely relevant to the discussion of literary theory, this perspective casts much light on Enlightenment aesthetics. The central text under consideration shows that the extended comparison of poetr ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 29th 1984 by Cambridge University Press
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Dense, complex, but well-structured, and I'm glad to say that Wellbery repeats himself, which is just as well, there's so much that I would miss otherwise.
Lessing's philosophy of beauty and art is a classic of the 18th century preoccupation with turning its attention to every aspect of human activity and trying to find its rationale, bend it under the dictates of an analytical approach. Lessing examines the difference between the visual, plastic arts which use natural signs, that is ones that w
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