By Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, Georg Lukacs
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15 Formalism also allows us to make sense of the important interrelations that exist between art and the aesthetic appreciation of nature. As we have seen, landscape painting played a vital role in the development of tastes for landscape in modern Europe. Eighteenth-century observers learned to take aesthetic pleasure in new forms of landscape once painters had shown the way by depicting those forms. This phenomenon persists today. 16 In our postcardesque culture, we could extend the point also to photography, such as the work of Ansel Adams, but the general point is the same: art often expands and enriches our aesthetic appreciation of nature.
But in the case of nature, one might argue, the situation is quite different. In the case of our aesthetic experience of nature, for example, it is not clear that there is even anything parallel to the practice of art criticism. In the world of art, criticism occurs at both an informal level, where individuals come together to discuss and argue the merits of books and films at cocktail parties and book clubs, and a professional level, where critics with some relevant training and experience write formal appraisals for publication.
Literary interpretation allows for a great deal of leeway, but we do not generally take seriously interpretations that distort the nature of the work to this extent. For example, when a literary critic wants to defend the merits of a book that someone thinks is vapid or poorly done, she may offer a new interpretation of it, trying to get the reader to see new significances or unnoticed depths in the events or characters. What she won’t do is ask us to make believe it was written in a different century, or by a completely different person.
Aesthetics and Politics (Radical Thinkers Classics) by Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, Georg Lukacs