"Practical Form" by Abigail Zitin

Practical Form Abstraction, Technique, and Beauty in Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics Abigail Zitin

Series:
The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
12 Jan 2021
ISBN:
9780300244564
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
248 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
6 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
world

A groundbreaking study of the development of form in eighteenth-century aesthetics

Abigail Zitin proposes a new history of the development of form as a concept in and for aesthetics. She presents a new genealogy of formalism, revealing how concepts of craft and skill inflect major eighteenth-century theories of beauty by thinkers including Locke, Addison, Burke, and Kant. Vividly tracing the period’s convergences of aesthetic theory and artistic practice, this book challenges readers to reconsider form and why it matters.

Abigail Zitin is assistant professor of English at Rutgers University.