Units of Study

ENGL3662 - Aesthetics and Aestheticism

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Bruce Gardiner


Aesthetics and Aestheticism. This unit considers the interrelated literary, philosophical, and visual arts traditions of aesthetics from the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. Its philosophical emphasis will be on Kant and Hegel. Its visual arts emphasis will be on Ruskin and Pater. Its literary emphasis will be more comprehensive, stretching from the Age of Sensibility to High Modernism, though paying special attention to the aesthetes and decadents of the late nineteenth century.


1x1500wd assignment, either a seminar paper or a book report or a research proposal (25%) and 1x4500wd essay (75%)


Kant. Critique of the Power of Judgment. trans. Guyer & Matthews (Cambridge)
Hegel. Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics. trans. Bosanquet (Penguin)
Ruskin. Modern Painters, part 5: Of Mountain Beauty, excerpts in Resource Book available from the Copy Centre
Pater. The Renaissance. Wilde. The Picture of Dorian Gray
Wells. The Time Machine. Norton Anthology of Poetry


1x2-hr seminar/week


Credit or above in 12 senior credit points of English

Additional Information

This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.

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