Aesthetic Experience -- ASECS 2014 (Williamsburg, VA; 3/20-22): 9/15/13

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Brian Michael Norton / American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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Recent work in literary studies, analytic philosophy and neuroaesthetics has reinvigorated the concept of aesthetic experience, raising questions about the primacy of disinterestedness and bringing renewed attention to the aesthetic experiences that shape everyday life. This panel invites papers that explore the nature and varieties of aesthetic experience, especially those informed by new work on description, observation, attention, mediation, affect, wonder and judgment. In what ways could this research enlarge our understanding of eighteenth-century aesthetics (and vice versa)? Particularly welcome are papers that attempt to think together concepts of psychical distance and immediacy, detachment and absorption.