Although children still strive for intimate contact with the land, adults mostly enjoy nature by simply looking at it. The account of taste aesthetics includes a discussion of Chinese cuisine and etiquette where harmony in food is the desideratum, as it is in others areas of Chinese life--extremes and excess are to be avoided. Next, Tuan explores the olfactory sense: "Robbed of scent, life and the world become gray and passionless. In a similar format, Tuan considers the sounds in our lives.
He provides a relatively long discourse on music which "in its exalted form, elevates the soul. Although a good deal of territory is covered from composition and pattern to color, the section on "ice" is especially intriguing while revealing the broad scope of the book. An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.
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Passing Strange and Wonderful : Aesthetics, Nature and Culture
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Description Conventional wisdom suggests that aesthetic experiences - those moments when the senses come to life - are important only after more basic needs have been met. In this inspiring wealth of provocative ideas, Yi-Fu Tuan demonstrates that feeling and beauty are essential parts of life and society. The aesthetic is shown to be not merely one aspect of culture but its central core - both its driving force and its ultimate goal.
Beginning with the individual and the physical world, the author's exploration progresses from the simple to the complex. Tuan starts by examining the building blocks of aesthetic experience - sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste - and gradually expands his analysis to include the most elaborate of human constructs, including art, architecture, literature, philosophy, music, and landscape.
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