Relativism in the Arts

Edited by Betty Jean Craige


“Boldly simplifying in the cause of readability and therefore polemical impact, Craige analyzes how the humanities and especially literary criticism have guided themselves into splendid, intellectually sophisticated, and mirrored isolation.”
American Literature

“The breadth of Relativism in the Arts all but guarantees something relevant for every reader. By providing theoretical discussions that are both supportive and critical of relativism, the editor affords the reader an opportunity to place his own views within a spectrum of critical opinion.”
Southern Humanities Review


In a world where the acceptance of relativism has caused erosion in the tradition of Cartesian dualism, representationalism in the arts has come under serious questioning. The contributors to this book seek new standards for defining and evaluating works of art.

Relativism in the Arts brings together thinkers in the fields of music, art criticism, literary criticism, philosophy, and the “history of consciousness” to confront the problems of relativist aesthetics. Their essays range from theoretical discussions of the definition of art in our times to close examinations of particular artworks or art forms. The introduction by Betty Jean Craige presents reasons for the cultural selfreflectivity that gives rise to the peculiarities of modern art.

Page count: 216 pp.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5


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Betty Jean Craige is a university professor of comparative literature and director of the Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia. She is the author or editor of twelve books including Reconnection: Dualism to Holism in Literary Study, Eugene Odum: Ecosystem Ecologist and Environmentalist, and Literature, Language, and Politics (all Georgia).