HS 837 : Aesthetics and Criticism

1. The nature of Aesthetics: Aesthetics as `metacriticism`; the relationship between art-criticism and aesthetic theorizing; the relationship between creative practices and aesthetics 

2. Some major theories of art: Western

(a) Formalism-Structuralism

(b) Post-structuralism

(c) Art and the human mind: Psychoanalysis

(d) Art and human society and culture: Marxism, Cultural Studies

(e) Feminism

(f) Post-modernism and Post-colonialism 

3. Some major theories of art: Indian

(a) the Dhvani theory

(b) the Rasa theory 


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