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From Hawthorne to Hairspray: American Anxieties About Beauty

Wendy Steiner

in American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156172
eISBN:
9780231520775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156172.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter returns to an older tradition of aesthetics, one inextricably linked to ideas about beauty. It focuses on an aesthetic category—such as beauty—as the ground of relation, as the source of ... More


The Dark Side of Beauty: From Convulsive Beauty to Makeover Disfiguration

Bernadette Wegenstein

in The Cosmetic Gaze: Body Modification and the Construction of Beauty

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262232678
eISBN:
9780262301114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262232678.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Plato, who coined the term kal ó kagatheia to express the quality of being raised correctly, believed that outer beauty and beauty of the soul go hand in hand. This chapter deals with the dark side ... More


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