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Beauty Matters

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Beauty has captured human interest since before Plato, but how, why, and to whom does beauty matter in today's world? whose standard of beauty motivates African Americans to straighten their hair? what inspire beauty queens to measure up as flawless objects for the male gaze? why does a French performance artist use cosmetic surgery to remake her face into a composite of the master painters' version of beauty? how does beauty culture perceive the disabled body? is the constant effort to remain young and thin, often at considerable economic and emotional expense, ethically justifiable? Provocative essays by an international group of scholars discuss aesthetics in the arts, the tools of fashion, the materials of decoration, and the big business of beautification - beauty matters - to reveal the way gender, race, and sexual orientation have informed the concept of beauty and driven us to become more beautiful. Here, Kant rubs shoulders with Calvin Klein. This volume draws from visual art, dance, cultural history, and literary and feminist theory to explore the values and politics of beauty. Various philosophical perspectives about ethics and aesthetics emerge from this penetrating book to determine that beauty is never disinterested.

Author Biography

Peg Zeglin Brand is an artist and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. Her new collection of essays, Beauty Revisited, is forthcoming from Indiana University Press.
Release date NZ
May 22nd, 2000
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Indiana University Press
Pages
352
Dimensions
152x229x23
ISBN-13
9780253213754
Product ID
9016213

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