HS 463 : Introduction to Art and Aesthetics

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to some of the basic issues pertaining to art through exposure to different art-media and art-works.  The emphasis will be on critical analysis of art-works and aesthetic ideas, with special reference to literature and music.  The following problems will be treated as central:

What is art?  Concepts of Imitation.  Symbolization, Expression, Configuration. 

What is aesthetics?  Theorizing about art and its relevance to creation, appreciation and criticism of art.

Art and life: (a) art and society (Marxist approach); (b) art and psyche (Freudian approach).

Art as an autonomous activity: art and form.

What is aesthetic response?  Rasa-theory and emotionality; detached contemplation.


M. Rader (ed.), A Modern Book of Aesthetics: an anthology, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973.

J. Hospers (ed.), Introductory Readings in Aesthetics, Free Press, 1969.

R.B. Patankar, Aesthetics and Literary Criticism, Nachiketa Publications, 1969.

V. Raghavan, and Nagendra (eds.), An Introduction to Indian Poetics, Macmillan 1970.

H. Osborne, Aesthetics and Art Theory: an historical introduction, Dutton, 1970.