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The Self-Deceiving Muse

Notice and Knowledge in the Work of Art

Alan Singer

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$82.95 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-03721-9

$35.95 | Paperback Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-04846-8

240 pages
6" × 9"
11 b&w illustrations
2010

Literature and Philosophy

The Self-Deceiving Muse

Notice and Knowledge in the Work of Art

Alan Singer

“Raising the scandalous proposition that the ’self-deceiver’ should be seen less as the condemnable antagonist of Reason than as the perpetrator of the active imagination that gives rise to genuine aesthetic experience, Singer tests his claim with a series of brilliant arguments grounded in literary, philosophical, and art studies extending from familiar classics—Parmigianino, Tintoretto, Flaubert, and Hegel—to such moderns as Jeff Wall, Bill Viola, Gerhard Richter, and Peter Greenaway. The Self-Deceiving Muse should add significantly to contemporary debate on the relations between reason, aesthetics, and ethics in a language thoroughly conversant with recent critical theory.”

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