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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to do with feminism...., 16 July 2008
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This review is from: The Trouble with Beauty (Hardcover)
....but everything to do with modernism and the avant-garde - and not in their favour. If you are looking for an account of the aesthetics of modernism and the avant-garde as it relates to the philosophical tradition, particularly Kant, this is by far the most readable and honestly partisan.
It argues in favour of beauty and against the sublime, as Kantian categories, and against Kant who privileged the sublime, as do modernism and the avant-garde.
The 'trouble' with beauty is that it has been undervalued and even despised in the 20thC in favour of the sublime which is dangerous and hostile to ordinary human values. Steiner argues that it is time to re-instate beauty to its former place in the culture.

It is illustrated with photographs and reproductions.
The book is also published with the title 'Venus In Exile: The Rejection Of Beauty In Twentieth-Century Art'
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5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging read that is ultimately rewarding., 6 Aug. 2001
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This review is from: The Trouble with Beauty (Hardcover)
Reading this book is a bit like climbing a mountain; hard work but very satisfying when the feat is achieved. Steiner is a sophisticated writer capable of changing the way the reader looks at the world. She shines light on the subtle but powerful influences found within art and literature, that shape our perceptions of others.
We discover in 'The Trouble With Beauty', just how disabilitating beauty can be to women, and how art - in its celebration of the 'fairer sex' - has helped tremendously over time in objectifying and oppressing the female gender. From the Venus-de-Milo to the 'babes' gracing the covers of Loaded and FHM, female beauty has been used as an effective tool in disempowering women. I would not say that this book was solely for feminists, but for for anyone who enjoys a good thought-provoker.
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