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The sublime in Kant and Beckett : aesthetic judgement, ethics and literature / Bjørn K. Myskja.

Myskja, Bjørn K. (Author).
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Subject: Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989 > Aesthetics.
Judgment (Aesthetics)
Sublime, The, in art.
Sublime, The, in literature.
Sublime, The.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9783110881134
  • ISBN: 3110881136
  • ISBN: 3110171260
  • ISBN: 9783110171266
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (325 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: Berlin ; W. de Gruyter, 2002.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-309) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Acknowledgements -- Citations and abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1. Beckett�s Molloy and the ethics of literature -- 1.1 Meaninglessness and ethics -- 1.2 Molloy and ethical literary theory -- 1.3 The sublime in Molloy -- 2. Kant�s theory of aesthetic reflective judgement -- 2.1 The faculties involved in judgement -- 2.2 Judgements of taste -- feelings claiming intersubjective validity -- 2.3 Universal validity of judgements of taste -- 3. The judgement of the sublime in nature -- 3.1 The feeling of the sublime in nature
3.2 The aspect change of the judgement of the sublime3.3 The mathematically sublime and moral ideas -- 3.4 The sublime, affects and respect -- 3.5 Universal validity of judgements of the sublime -- 4. The moral import of the sublime -- 4.1 The real sublime -- 4.2 Culture and moral ideas -- 4.3 Cultivation and conversion -- 4.4 Maxims and disposition -- 4.5 Character, conversion and development -- 4.6 The moral import of the beautiful and of the sublime -- 5. The sublime in art and literature -- 5.1 Art and purposiveness -- 5.2 Genius and aesthetic ideas
5.3 The sublime in art6. Molloy and the Kantian sublime -- 6.1 Forms of sublimity in Molloy -- 6.2 Aesthetic judgements and other judgements of literature -- 6.3 Molloy, the sublime, and ethics -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary, etc.: Annotation Beckett's novel Molloy and the question how this work evokes a particular kind of feeling associated with its exhibition of meaninglessness, namely the feeling of the sublime, is the point of departure for this study. Kant's theory of the sublime is interpreted within the framework of his aesthetic and moral theories, suggesting a way to understand the claim to universal validity for aesthetic judgements. Kant claims that the judgement of the sublime serves morality but he fails to provide this link, so a theory of how this aesthetic judgement can contribute to the cultivation of moral character is developed. It is argued that Kant held that art, including narrative art like the novel, can be sublime. Kant's theory of the sublime is shown to be relevant for modern works of art, and the application of this Kantian framework throws new light on the discussion of the moral aspects of Beckett's literary work. According to this account, Molloy is a sublime work of art, and despite its amoral content can serve the reader's moral cultivation.
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