Art Objects Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery eBook Ì

Art Objects Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery eBook Ì

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  1. Michael Michael says:

    A collection of aesthetic and critical essays Art Objects is an engaging look at the role of art and the artist in modern life Across ten essays Jeanette Winterson alternates between sketching a theory of art and offering commentary on individual works of high art namely the experimental writings of Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf The collection features many stunning lines and the author’s criticism is interesting; the aesthetic essays are less successful and often read as a bit reactionary rooted as they are in Eliot’s impersonal poetics Many of the ideas about art that Winterson offers in these essays are out of style for good reason and it feels bizarre that she fashions herself as subversive for holding them just because they’re unpopular In spite of that the title essay and a few others are strong and make the collection worth checking out if not reading in full

  2. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis Nathan "N.R." Gaddis says:

    There used to be something called The CanonThis was regularly used to blast iconoclasts who said terrible things at tea parties such as ‘Surely Katherine Mansfield is as fine writer as Proust?’The Canon allowed no debate; it guarded the entry and exit points to the Hall of Fame and stood firmly behind tThe tTimesWhen not routing offenders in petticoats it fired warning shots over the heads of the uneducated The Canon was admirably free from modern Existentialist DoubtIt knew who belonged and who didn’t belongNo uestion‘Excuse me?’‘Who said that?’It was Virginia Woolf Addressing The Canon Jeanette WintersonA few Theses on The Canon and anti Canonites of 95 still unnumbered and perhaps innumerable ; nothing to see here ;; move along ;;; move alongSure Mansfield is as fine as Proust If you’re interested in The Short Story you kind of have to read Mansfield I mean she is Reuired ReadingIf anyone wants to talk about Modernism High Modernism Twentieth Century Fiction and Things Of This Nature and they do not drop the name ‘Woolf’ within the first five name drops you can safely ignore everything else that person might say Whether you prefer Woolf or Joyce matters not a wit than whether you prefer Haydn or Mozart And if you don’t give a wit about Literary Modernism or Classical Music then why would you give a wit about Joyce or Woolf or Haydn or Mozart? If one of your novels gets picked up by a network or moviehouse and gets made into a film or Television MiniSeries you really shouldn’t be posing as an anti Canonitehttpwwwimdbcomtitlett0098032?There are two reasons to reject The Canon 1 No one can find anywhere anything that even begins to look like a Definitive List subsisting in the Real World no matter that Bloom’s pub’er insisted he write one up ; ie I can’t find it therefore it don’t exist OR 2 It does exist as a definitive list of 100 Books and it excludes so many that ought to be on there that it can’t function as its concept demands it function ; ie we reject The Canon because it’s not Complete and Definitive Like everything else that is important no one can come up with an adeuate Definition Most rants by antiCanonites are Pure Strawmanism Ie ‘regularly used to blast iconoclasts’ Is Winterson implying that she is herself an ‘iconoclast’? What should be noted is how the Icon itself is first constructed by the Iconoclast himherself This is called ‘Tilting’ “The Canon allowed no debate” The Canon moves and has its being within debate How it’s constituted kind of thing You can conjure up a figment of White Men playing Doormen if you like ; but that’s your fantasy I mean typically The Most Powerful Person in the Room is not the one holding the door for you ;; rather it is those for whom the Doorman does his doormanning The folks that guard entry and exits are publishers And frankly some of the biggest publishers in the world ie Penguin are digging up any and every old book in the world and pushing it within Classics Covers This is a good thing True enough that it’s a hell of a lot easier to get a dissertation on Shakespeare approved than it is to get one on Dorothy Richardson approved ;; nevertheless Richardson is getting a criticaledition treatment by Oxford in the coming years This is the kind of work Gatekeepers do “Warning shots over the uneducated” ;; this is a potshot about how people will read what they like and the market is perfectly happy to supply it? or maybe we should be primping these uneducated who spend their time playing Video Games and then how the job of the Critic and the Gatekeeper is to lionize the importance of playing Video Games and how they are just as Valid as the plays of Shakespeare? Who is it constructing these ‘uneducated’ and why aren’t you out voting for Sanders so the USofA can catch up with the rest of the Developed World and provide things like Education and Health Care to ALL of our citizens? Early 20th century Canon projects were merely Educational projects The Harvard FiveFoot Bookshelf Great Books of the Western World But Liberal Education is getting beaten up on all sides these days Why do I feel so oldfashion for standing behind a Liberal Arts Education? What this world needs is MBA’s What the hell is “Existentialist Doubt” and what does it have to do with The Canon? All that Existentialist Doubt bs is firmly in if not The Canon then within the reading habits of many millions of persons Even coffee shops get called “Angst” “It knew who belonged and who didn’t belong” Bullshit Yeah Virginia Woolf along with a small handful Joyce Proust of others is ModernismSeriously posing as an anti Canonite and appealing to The Names of Woolf and Mansfield? “There used to be” ; no there inevitably will always be It’s the kind of thing that happens with Culture Take this concept of No Canon to say for example a postcolonial country and you’ll see the Imperialistic nature of the anti Canonite who wants to remind Others that they don’t have a Literature which constitutes their culture tell them that what’s really important is that they read the books they like which The Market will be than happy to supply The anti Canonite should be unveiled as standing in opposition to something like The Murty Classical Library of India And the Library of Arabic Literature Because they are both Canon Projects See just like the Loeb they are scheduled to publish everything What the proCanon folks are doing whether Murty or Penguin or Oxford or etc is publishing everything It’s not polite to say ; but what Winterson says up there I find simply stupid I mean best of luck to her and her books and her readers and suchnot but this little piece of stuff I mean does she stand behind it? Fine if you don’t give a fig about The Canon But why should you be esteemed for posing as an anti Canonite when everything you have to say seems to rise very little beyond an adolescent antiAuthoritarianism?

  3. Andrea Paterson Andrea Paterson says:

    I wish that I could spend just a single afternoon with Jeanette Winterson This book was transformative If you have an interest in literature as an evolving art form if you are interested in how to be a reader or what it means to be an artist or if you're just a person searching for deeper meaning in a shallow world you need to read this book While I was resistant to some of the philosophical principles presented here this book provided lots to think about and launched a reevaluation of my own consumption of media and art

  4. Vartika Vartika says:

    'Wordsmith' is a title I use very sparingly but one that I can never spare in a discussion about Jeanette Winterson's writing — any of it While she is a marvellous novelist; her works wrought straight from liuid imagination; her adroitness extends far beyond the realms of fiction Art Objects is not just a collection of potent observations on art and wordsmithery but also a highly potent example of the same In these essays on ecstasy and effrontery Winterson excavates the true value of art as it is a value that lies buried under the burgeoning mass of a consumer civilisation For her art is experimentation and originality it is new ways of seeing and that which treats these as matters of choice is neither persistent and prescient nor art Art Objects harks back and forth to a philosophy of appreciation that is full of rapture on both the reader and the writer's part that has respect for language form and novelty but not necessarily for rules and definitely not for utilitarianism I particularly enjoyed Imagination and Reality as well as the titular essay on visual art The essay on Virginia Woolf's The Waves is also a uniuely transformative read for what it says and teaches about the rhythms of each work of writing and our own various approaches to reading them in a world that has been enslaved by the clock In general Art Objects is a hypnotic volume and true to the author's own words it isn't always so for what she says but for how she says it I would recommend this highly to anyone interested in art writing and creating some of our own or for someone looking for that rare piece of writing that blends theory and praxis into something ebullient and delicious

  5. Ally Armistead Ally Armistead says:

    Not only can she write beautiful novels and short stories but Jeanette Winterson can hold her own as a solid philosopher art critic and essayist Art Objects is just that a meditation on art and the men and women who create and view it Whether discussing the Mona Lisa or Gertude Stein's poetry or Virginia Woolf's The Waves Winterson explores the complexities of learning to sit with art allowing what at first seems perplexing and foreign to seep in confuse us and open us to enlightenmentWhile Winterson explores a number of topics art as action art as communal the subject that moves me most as a reader is the idea of remaining open as a viewer however uncomfortable to the art itself Of her many insightful observations about viewers and art the ones she captures in the first chapter Art Objects are by far the most powerful about WHY as viewers we may may find ourselves struggling wriggling worming our way out of the experience of SEEING She suggests that we as a society are not trained to see we expect immediate gratification animation distraction entertainment We grow anxious she says because we are uncomfortable with something unresolved in ourselves Similarly she suggests that art good art strikes a chord in each of us rattling our understanding of reality and our sense of I True art when it happens to us challenges the 'I' that we areWinterson also explores what it means what it really means when we say I like that book painting film etc observing that it is not essential to like a thing in order to recognize its worth The trick the goal for humanity then she argues is for viewers to reach a point of self awareness and sophistication that transcends the mere matter of liking or not likingOverall this collection of essays is absolutely worth reading particularly for artists but also for the everyday human being who has a fondness for film painting and literature and wishes to go deeper

  6. Nadia Nadia says:

    I read this book again as an escape at lunchtime while I was doing a summer language course When I read it this time I paid special attention to what she had to say about art and artists Art in her opinion is as essentail as eating and breathing Infact she might say why do the first two if you don't have the third As is well publicized by now JW attempted to commit suicide just a few years ago She pulled her heavy load out of the black whole she was in to go on to give the world great works and even a involved public activists role in the art community I have seen numerous interviews where she speaks about the connection between her first known work Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and her recent book Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? She continues to live her beliefs She believes that art is hard work she knows that it takes time to conceive or produce a great work of art she is a collector because she is of the belief that books and paintings are like close friends and she wants to support the people of the art community when she can afford it Those with millions only do so when it's trendy This is all contained within Art Objects It is a thought provoking work best read slowly invited in respected as you would a friend and in the dialogue the reader might find that something inside begins to change

  7. Susan Susan says:

    These ten essays on art literature and writing are sharp insightful and surprising often sparking fresh thoughts and exemplifying in their originality the author’s own observations about art This short book was enthusiastically recommended to me by a fellow student in a writing course awhile back and I wish we were still in touch so I could just as enthusiastically thank him for the tip

  8. Randa Randa says:

    It's really like 35 stars Winterson is fantastic when she writes about other writers but when she introduces examples from her own work she sounds too cocky There's something really young about her voice here too but also something enjoyable and new I still recommend reading it just not every single essay

  9. Jessica Jessica says:

    After dog earing far too many pages I realized I'm just going to have to buy myself a copy and reread this on occasion for the rest of my life The chapter 'Reality and Imagination' is my favourite I want to make photocopies and send it to people

  10. Shatterlings Shatterlings says:

    This is a series of essays about art and artists with a lot about Virginia Woolf Some of them are most interesting than others but all are well written It does seem like Jeanette hates tv and CD ROMs which is slightly odd as surely it was the tv adaptation of Oranges that made her a well known author? The one about book collecting was the most enjoyable and perhaps the most personal I wonder if twenty years on we could do with an update to this

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Art Objects Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery [Read] ➵ Art Objects Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery By Jeanette Winterson – In these ten intertwined essays one of our most provocative young novelists proves that she is just as stylish and outrageous an art critic For when Jeanette Winterson looks at works as diverse as the In these ten intertwined essays one of our Essays on MOBI ó most provocative young novelists proves that she is just as stylish and outrageous an art critic For when Art Objects PDF \ Jeanette Winterson looks at works as diverse as the Mona Lisa and Virginia Woolf's The Waves she frees them from layers of preconception and restores their power Objects Essays on PDF ↠ to exalt and unnerve shock and transform usArt Objects is a book to be admired for its effort to speak exorbitantly urgently and sometimes beautifully about art Objects Essays on Ecstasy and PDF or and about our individual and collective need for serious art Los Angeles Times.

  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Art Objects Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery
  • Jeanette Winterson
  • English
  • 05 November 2015
  • 9780679768203

About the Author: Jeanette Winterson

Novelist Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester England Essays on MOBI ó in She was adopted and brought up in Accrington Lancashire in the north of England Her strict Art Objects PDF \ Pentecostal Evangelist upbringing provides the background to her acclaimed first novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit published in She graduated from St Catherine's College Oxford Objects Essays on PDF ↠ and moved to London where she worked as an assi.