Cosmic Passion for the Aesthetics


Algis Mickunas
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA
Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Vilnius Gedimino Technical University, Lithuan

Rekha Menon
Liberal Arts Department of Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts

Series: Contemporary Cultural Studies
BISAC: ART000000

“The Cosmic glory imprisoned in the world of Maya entrapped wrapped around, all this around… is this maya, is this cosmos, is this existence enduring endless passion….” Cosmic Passion for the Aesthetic, the text engages arts from different tradition, shows their cultural contexts and discloses dimensions of awareness that transgress the characteristics of art works. The text delves into the deeper meaning of art, and shows how various cultures attempt to suppress other cultures and their arts, and how the suppressed reappear and reassert themselves in new contexts. The text travels through different conceptions, speculations, definitions and portrays how the aesthetic, the expressive, that is not identical with the characteristics of an art work, is what all art works attempt to capture. The aesthetic encompasses the passionate dimension which is not limited or reducible to anything – it is cosmic.

The latter is disclosed by the aesthetic passion that is most apparent in comparative studies of arts, above all through examining the art of India the text visually captures the aesthetic, cosmic passion. In addition, questioning what is aesthetic value, judgments on art, the authors draw on how the depictions of the cosmic in art can assume a way of understanding specific interpretation of space, time and movement prior to any theological, mythical, theoretical or even scientific explanations and portray a flow of sensuous envelopment which resonates with cosmic passion. The text is relevant not only for artists, but for students of cultural studies and comparative civilizations, and indeed for those who are interested in the ways that cosmic awareness has been and is being explicated in civilizations. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter I. Introduction

Chapter II. Conceptions of Art

Chapter III. The Sensuous Domain

Chapter IV. The Cosmic Sense of Art

Chapter V. Enveloping Phenomena

Chapter VI. Cosmic Novelty




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