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Am Rande der Kunst: Arabeske, Ornament und die Heteronomie der Ästhetik Goethes
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2015 (German)In: Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift, ISSN 0016-8904, Vol. 65, no 2, 149-163 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay argues that the marginal aesthetic phenomenon of arabesque and ornament played a central role in Goethe’s aesthetic thinking since the classical age. As a point of transition, the arabesque establishes a functional link between the world and the work, which enables the leap from the world into art and which promotes the experience of art in a higher sense. The aesthetic economy of the arabesque, which through saving forms the backdrop against which the lavishness of the work of art appears, points to an implicit idea of aesthetic heteronomy in Goethe’s theory of art, a heteronomy that shows the true physical, social, and historical context of the work.

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Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2015. Vol. 65, no 2, 149-163 p.
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Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Aesthetics, Arabesque, Ornament, Heteronomy
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260219OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-260219DiVA: diva2:846707
Goethe's Writings on Aesthetics and the Epistemic Transformations in the Late 18th and Eary 19th Century
Swedish Research Council, 421-2012-589
Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-08-17 Last updated: 2015-08-17

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