Aesthetic Apprehensions

Aesthetic Apprehensions
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Silence and Absence in False Familiarities
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Lene M. Johannessen
Transforming Literary Studies
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In thirteen essays from different aesthetic traditions, Aesthetic Apprehensions: Silences and Absences in False Familiarities problematizes our habituated customs of seeing and reading the familiar to focus on that which cannot easily be comprehended but may be sensed through encounters with the ruptures and gaps that quietly beckon our attention.

Aesthetic Apprehensions: Silences and Absences in False Familiarities is a scholarly conversation about encounters between habitual customs of reading and seeing and their ruptures and ossifications. In closely connected discourses, the thirteen essays collected here set out to carefully probe the ways our aesthetic immersions are obfuscated by deep-seated epistemological and ideological apprehensions by focusing on how the tropology carried by silence, absence, and false familarity crystallize to define the gaps that open up. As they figure in the subtitle of this volume, the tropes may seem straightforward enough, but a closer examination of their function in relation to social, cultural, and political assumptions and gestalts reveal troubling oversights. Aesthetic Apprehensions comes to name the attempt at capturing the outlier meanings residing in habituated receptions as well as the uneasy relations that result from aesthetic practices already in place, emphasizing the kinds of thresholds of sense and sensation which occasion rupture and creativity. Such, after all, is the promise of the threshold, of the liminal: to encourage our leap into otherness, for then to find ourselves and our sensing again, and anew in novel comprehensions.

Introduction: Apprehending Aesthetic Apprehensions, Jena Habegger-Conti and Lene M Johannessen

Chapter 1: Drawing Closer: Liminal Medievalism in the Post-punk Gothic, Aidan Conti

Chapter 2: A Chair is not a House: Sepulchral Intimacies in Sharp Objects, Janne Stigen Drangsholt

Chapter 3: “The Immortal Conception, the Perennial Theme”: Reading the Modern Body in Willa Cather’s “Coming, Aphrodite!”, Ingrid Galtung

Chapter 4: Not Reading the Signs in Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina, Jena Habegger-Conti

Chapter 5: Apprehensive Figurations: Monuments in “Site-Specific Performances”, Lene M. Johannessen

Chapter 6: Apprehending the Past in the National Parks: False Familiarities, Aesthetic, Imaginaries, and Indigenous Erasures, Jennifer Ladino

Chapter 7: The Garrulous Eye: Allegorization of Rape in Djuna Barnes’ “Ryder”, Helle Håkonsen Lapeniene

Chapter 8: Metonymy and the “Art of Reading the World Slowly”, Genevieve Liveley

Chapter 9: Aesthetic Apprehensions, Hauntology and Just Literature, Ruben Moi

Chapter 10: Close Reading and Critical Immersion, Timothy Saunders

Chapter 11: Indians, Aliens, and Superheroes: Countering Silence and the Invisual in David Mack’s Echo: Vision Quest, Sara L. Spurgeon

Chapter 12: Listening to Ourselves: The Musician as Listener in Rafi Zabor’s The Bear

Comes Home, Zoltan Varga

Chapter 13. Harlem to World and World to Harlem: Revisiting the Transnational Negotiations of Harlem Renaissance Narratives, Nahum Welang

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