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Religion and Aesthetic Experience in Joyce and Yeats

Religion and Aesthetic Experience in Joyce and Yeats by Tudor Balinisteanu
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This monograph is based on archival research and close readings of James Joyce's and W. B. Yeats's poetics and political aesthetics. Georges Sorel's theory of social myth is used as a starting point for exploring the ways in which the experience of art, like that of social myth, can be seen as a form of religious experience. The theorisation of the experience of art as a form of religious experience illuminates the role of art in engendering social attitudes in opposition to economic materialism and capitalism. Based on these analyses, the arguments explore the ways in which a theory that defines the experience of art as a form of religious experience can help us to answer three questions of pressing interest for the contemporary moment: How can we read cultural texts to imagine forms of social belonging through which to challenge the isolation of economic materialism? How can we imagine cultural texts to create the collective relations necessary for social change in global capitalism? How can we define an ethics of satisfaction that does not relate to this capital modernity?

Palgrave Macmillan; July 2015
227 pages; ISBN 9781137434777
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Title: Religion and Aesthetic Experience in Joyce and Yeats
Author: Tudor Balinisteanu
 
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