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Sinister Seduction: An Exploration of the Contemporary Sublime in Las Musas Inquietantes, El Prolongado Sueño de Sr. T, and Alumbramiento

Abstract

The theory of the sublime describes an aestheticization of horror, a reconciliation of visceral and opposing themes, a marriage of the terrifying and the beautiful. Unlike other art historical theories, the sublime does not describe the manifesto of an artistic movement but rather a psychological tool that provokes a response in the spectator/reader/audience in the presence of the art. In describing a work as “sublime,” ones refers not only to a material art but also to an experience. Because the theory has been explored for centuries, my presentation provides a brief historiography of the theory and proceeds to investigate the appearance and use of the sublime in three contemporary visual narratives.

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Janis Breckenridge

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Art Theory and Critique

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Olin 129

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Oral Presentation

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Sinister Seduction: An Exploration of the Contemporary Sublime in Las Musas Inquietantes, El Prolongado Sueño de Sr. T, and Alumbramiento

Olin 129

The theory of the sublime describes an aestheticization of horror, a reconciliation of visceral and opposing themes, a marriage of the terrifying and the beautiful. Unlike other art historical theories, the sublime does not describe the manifesto of an artistic movement but rather a psychological tool that provokes a response in the spectator/reader/audience in the presence of the art. In describing a work as “sublime,” ones refers not only to a material art but also to an experience. Because the theory has been explored for centuries, my presentation provides a brief historiography of the theory and proceeds to investigate the appearance and use of the sublime in three contemporary visual narratives.

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