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Robert Brain traces the origins of artistic modernism to specific technologies of perception developed in late-nineteenth-century laboratories. Brain argues that the thriving fin-de-siècle field of “physiological aesthetics,” which sought physiological explanations for the capacity to appreciate beauty and art, changed the way poets, artists, and musicians worked and brought a dramatic transformation to the idea of art itself.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Editorial series, Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxxii
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  1. Part 1. Experimentalizing Life
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. 1. Representation on the Line: Graphic Method as Experimental System
  2. pp. 5-36
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  1. 2. The Vibratory Organism: Protoplasm and General Physiology
  2. pp. 37-63
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  1. 3. Visible Speech: Experimental Phonetics and the Physiology of Vocalization
  2. pp. 64-92
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  1. Part 2. Experimentalizing Art
  2. pp. 93-94
  1. 4. Algorithms of Pleasure: Art as Expert System
  2. pp. 95-149
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  1. 5. Liberating Verse: Rhythm and Measure in Poetry
  2. pp. 150-173
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  1. 6. Sensory Fusion: Evolution and Synesthesia in Art and Aesthetics
  2. pp. 174-200
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  1. 7. Art for Life’s Sake: Kinesthesia, Empathy, and Abstraction in Early Modernism
  2. pp. 201-225
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 226-230
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 231-288
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 289-333
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 334-348
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780295805788
Related ISBN
9780295993201
MARC Record
OCLC
909369328
Pages
374
Launched on MUSE
2015-05-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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