First Propositions

Eric Hayot

in On Literary Worlds

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926695
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980499 | DOI:
First Propositions

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This chapter presents the following propositions: first, that worldedness, the world-oriented force of any given work of art, is an aesthetic effect that emerges only at certain scales of the work itself (and hence of the analysis of works). And second, that we can move toward a more systematic (if nonetheless still impressionistic and incomplete) sense of what worldedness means if we remark some particular modes or variables of its production. It then discusses how worldedness occurs largely at the scale of the work or the collection of works that itself establishes a higher-order “totality of meaning”; and why the concept of aesthetic worldedness is worth pursuing.

Keywords: worldedness; art; aesthetic effect; work; aesthetic world

Chapter.  2301 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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