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The Mask of Art By Clyde R. Taylor

The Mask of Art by Clyde R. Taylor

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Critiques Eurocentrism in the prevailing art-culture system and reexamines the culture wars within the context of Hollywood, and the dominant U.S. cultural milieu.

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The Mask of Art: Breaking the Aesthetic Contract-Film and Literature by Clyde R. Taylor

"In this critique of aesthetics and the politics of representation, Taylor demonstrates astonishing breadth and depth in arguing for 'breaking the aesthetic contract' that excludes anything that does not conform to Eurocentric notions of beauty. . . . it brings to black studies and cultural critique an internationalism that emphasizes the richness of forms of creative expression outside the norms set by European aesthetics. Highly recommended . . ." -Choice

Cultural critic Clyde Taylor exposes the concept of "art" as a tool of ethnocentricity and racial ideology. By examining various texts including The Birth of a Nation and The Cotton Club, Taylor demonstrates how rationales of "art" are used to mask personal, class, and cultural biases. Other works such as those by Toni Morrison, Chinua Achebe, and Spike Lee are scrutinized in terms of resistance to the dominant system of aesthetics.

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"In this critique of aesthetics and the politics of representation, Taylor demonstrates astonishing breadth and depth in arguing for 'breaking the aesthetic contract' that excludes anything that does not conform to Eurocentric notions of beauty... it brings to black studies and cultural critique an internationalism that emphasizes the richness of forms of creative expression outside the norms set by European aesthetics. Highly recommended ..." --Choice

About Clyde R. Taylor

Clyde R. Taylor, film scholar and literary/cultural essayist, is Professor at the Gallatin School and in Africana Studies, New York University. His publications include Vietnam and Black America and the script for Midnight Ramble, a documentary about early Black independent cinema.

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NLS9780253211927
9780253211927
0253211921
The Mask of Art: Breaking the Aesthetic Contract-Film and Literature by Clyde R. Taylor
New
Paperback
Indiana University Press
1998-11-22
360
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