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Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era by Russ Castronovo

By Russ Castronovo

The photographer and reformer Jacob Riis as soon as wrote, “I have obvious an armful of daisies preserve the peace of a block greater than a policeman and his club.” Riis used to be no longer by myself in his trust that attractiveness might tame city chaos, yet are aesthetic studies constantly a social sturdy? may perhaps aesthetics additionally motivate violent crime, working-class unrest, and racial homicide? to respond to those questions, Russ Castronovo turns to those that debated claims that artwork might democratize culture—civic reformers, anarchists, novelists, civil rights activists, and school professors—to display that attractiveness offers unforeseen events for radical, even progressive, political thinking.

Beautiful Democracy explores the intersection of attractiveness and violence through studying collage lectures and path fabrics on aesthetics from a century in the past in addition to riots, acts of family terrorism, magic lantern exhibitions, and different public spectacles. Philosophical aesthetics, realist novels, city images, and black periodicals, Castronovo argues, encouraged and instigated every kind of collective social endeavors, from the innovative nature of tenement reform to the horrors of lynching. Discussing Jane Addams, W.E.B. Du Bois, Charlie Chaplin, William Dean Howells, and Riis as aesthetic theorists within the corporation of Kant and Schiller, Beautiful Democracy finally means that the space keeping apart educational pondering and well known knowledge approximately social transformation is narrower than we in most cases suppose.

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Location matters to this book as much as skewed chronology. For Beautiful Democracy, that location is the global, a profoundly unstable coordinate of aesthetic discourse. Even as the global points to the universal, the compass of beauty also flips around to [the historical axis of] foreignness, international socialism, Americanization, or other partisan concerns. In this respect, the universal always contains its own antipodes. Despite the bluster about aesthetics as an abstract, formal, and unified discourse, the pretense of universalism always ensures that art and beauty enfold elements that are particular and hence discordant.

In The Psychology of Beauty (1905), Puffer turned to “the instinctive, involuntary part of our nature” to argue for the existence of predictable, universal responses whose eternal quality ensure that aesthetic—and social—experience is one of equilibrium and harmony. Beauty reveals law as an internal proposition: there is no need, as the Atlantic had advised, to instruct subjects, since aesthetic instincts are already hardwired in our neural processes. Because “laws of beauty” 38 . chapter one ordain that “physical reactions .

20 But a list of beautiful cities does not a civic pedagogy make. S. declaration of war against Spain the previous year. Yet the target of “victorious power” is also more intimate and private, namely, the perception and use of pleasure by the single citizen. ” Surrounded by public parks, gardens, and exhibitions, people “will become better citizens . . ” Exactly how do art and beauty encourage citizens to recreate Athenian democracy as an American inheritance? ” 22 This response raises more questions than it answers.

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