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Feminist Aesthetics

Mary Devereaux

in The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279456
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199279456.003.0038

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Feminist Aesthetics

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This article provides a critical survey of English-language feminist work in aesthetics since the early 1970s. The aim is to focus on those areas of feminist inquiry that have most significantly affected philosophical aesthetics in the analytic tradition. Feminist aesthetics starts from the assumption that the historical domain of art and the aesthetic is itself patriarchal. At one level, it simply extends the analysis of patriarchy to the practices of art institutions, in particular to the treatment of women in and by these institutions (e.g. demotions in the status of female-authored artworks previously believed to be the work of male artists).

Keywords: feminist works; aesthetics; philosophical aesthetics; analytic tradition; art institutions; female-authored artworks

Article.  9100 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Social and Political Philosophy ; Feminist Philosophy

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