The Critical Aesthetics of Disney World

Journal of Applied Philosophy 11 (2):171-180 (1994)

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Arnold Berleant
Long Island University
Abstract
It might seem strange to propose an aesthetic consideration of the theme park, that artificial bloom in the garden of popular culture.1 The aesthetic is often considered a minority interest in the modern world, yet it offers a distinctive perspective, even on an activity that has mass appeal, and can provide insights that would otherwise remain undiscovered. Aesthetic description and interpretation can illuminate the theme park in many directions: as architecture, design, theater, landscape architecture, environment. I shall choose the last of these, environment.
Keywords aesthetics  Disney World  theme parks  environment
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-5930.1994.tb00106.x
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