Aesthetics and literature: A problematic relation?

Philosophical Studies 135 (1):27 - 40 (2007)
The paper argues that there is a proper place for literature within aesthetics but that care must be taken in identifying just what the relation is. In characterising aesthetic pleasure associated with literature it is all too easy to fall into reductive accounts, for example, of literature as merely “fine writing”. Belleslettrist or formalistic accounts of literature are rejected, as are two other kinds of reduction, to pure meaning properties and to a kind of narrative realism. The idea is developed that literature—both poetry and prose fiction—invites its own distinctive kind of aesthetic appreciation which far from being at odds with critical practice, in fact chimes well with it.
Keywords Literature  Aesthetics  Appreciation  Poetry  Narrative
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DOI 10.2307/40208792
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Susan Feagin (1999). Reading with Feeling: The Aesthetics of Appreciation. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 57 (1):67-71.

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