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Material InscriptionsRhetorical Reading in Practice and Theory$
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Andrzej Warminski

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748681228

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681228.001.0001

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Aesthetic Ideology and Material Inscription: On Hegel's Aesthetics and Keats's Urn

Aesthetic Ideology and Material Inscription: On Hegel's Aesthetics and Keats's Urn

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(p.35) Chapter 2 Aesthetic Ideology and Material Inscription: On Hegel's Aesthetics and Keats's Urn
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Material Inscriptions
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Andrzej Warminski

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681228.003.0002

This chapter begins with a discussion of how Hegel's Aesthetics already in its Introduction winds up undermining the category of the aesthetic. It then reads Keats's ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ as a late example of the minor poetic genre called ‘inscription’ (or ‘epigram’). Once the hypogram underlying Keats's ode is read, this arch-aestheticist poem turns out to be a text that puts into question the value of the aesthetic as it issues in a peculiar ‘historical materialism’.

Keywords:   Hegel, aesthetics, Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn, poetry, inscription

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