Dreams of Happiness

Social Art and the French Left, 1830-1850
Princeton University Press
  • erschienen am 14. März 2017
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  • 400 Seiten
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Responding to the decline of the monarchy and the church in post-revolutionary France, theorists representing a wide spectrum of leftist ideologies proposed comprehensive blueprints for society that assigned a crucial role to aesthetics. In this full-length investigation of social romanticism, Neil McWilliam explores the profound impact of radical philosophies on contemporary aesthetics and art criticism, and traces efforts to conscript the arts for doctrinal ends. He highlights the complexity and diversity of systems such as Saint-Simonianism, Fourierism, Republicanism, and Christian Socialism--movements that set out to exploit the ameliorative effect of aesthetic form on human consciousness--and challenges the previous linking of social art to narrow didacticism. This book seeks an understanding both of the conventions of artistic judgment and reception and of the aims and significance of radical political ideologies. Drawing on a broad spectrum of previously neglected journalistic criticism, visual material, and archival sources, together with key political texts by figures such as Saint-Simon, Philippe Buchez, and Pierre Leroux, this work reveals an important facet of radical history and modifies received understandings of French art in the wake of Romanticism. In the process it probes the role of culture within oppositional political practice, arguing that the ultimate failure to realize a social art exposes the limits of the radicals' break with dominant discourse and their hesitancy in forging links with a culturally disenfranchised working class.

Originally published in 1993.

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	List of Illustrations	 	Acknowledgments	 	Abbreviations	 Ch. 1	Introduction	3 	Radical Perspectives	7 	The Aesthetic Dimension	16 Ch. 2	Saint-Simon and the Promotion of a Social Aesthetic	31 	Science, Progress, and the Intellectual	32 	Art, Sentiment, and the Promotion of Industry	38 	Art as Social Exhortation	44 Ch. 3	From Positivism to Sentiment: The Aesthetics of Saint-Simonianism	54 	The Reassertion of Positivism: Le Producteur	57 	Prosper Enfantin and the Rehabilitation of Sentiment	59 	Historical Theory and the Social History of Art	66 	Assessments of Contemporary Production	71 	Toward a New Conception of Form	74 Ch. 4	Theory into Practice: The Frustration of Saint-Simonian Aesthetics	89 	The Saint-Simonian Constituency	90 	Marginality and Mal du siecle	92 	From Menilmontant to Cairo	104 	Why Were There No Great Saint-Simonian Artists?	116 Ch. 5	Sentiment and Faith: Philippe Buchez and His Circle	123 	The Primacy of Faith	124 	History of Faith and History of Art	131 	History as Synthesis and Prevision	140 	"Sentiment," "Education," and "Art"	148 Ch. 6	Pierre Leroux and the Aesthetics of Humanite	165 	Psychological Theory and the Status of the Artist	167 	Nature, Art, and the Symbol	177 	Pierre Leroux and Theophile Thore	181 Ch. 7	The Beauty of Happiness: Art Social and Fourierist Criticism	188 	Harmony, Beauty, and Happiness	191 	Prophecy, Luxury, and Nature	198 	Reception and the Meaning of Form	210 	Line, Color, and the Principles of Harmony	222 	The Failings of Art and the Task of the Critic	231 	Critical Positions and Artistic Production: Problems of Practice	241 Ch. 8	Vision and Virtue: The Aesthetics of Republicanism	267 	The Necessity of Virtue	268 	The Moralization of Nature	280 	Antiacademicism and the Politics of Truth	289 	Meaning and Modernity	302 Ch. 9	Conclusion	315 	Class and the Snare of Culture	315 	From Social Art to Socialist Realism	333 	Bibliography	347 	Index	377

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