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susan stewart on the aristotlian notion of aesthetic size

Posted by rigorousm on January 27, 2015

… complexity and simplicity are functions of the intellectual capacity of the viewer. … the proper amplitude of a form depends upon expectations of genre. In a nonliterate culture the qualification “what can be kept well in one’s mind” is an aesthetic value serving the particular and necessary functions of memory. … We cannot speak of the small, or miniature, work independent of the social values expressed toward private space– particularly, of the ways domestic and interior imply the social formation of an interior subject. And we cannot speak of the grand and gigantic independent of social values expressed toward nature and the public and exterior life of the city.

– Susan Stewart, “The Gigantic,” On Longing, p 95.

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