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What is the aesthetic theory of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man?

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modflimsygirl | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 29, 2008 at 2:42 AM via web

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What is the aesthetic theory of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man?

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podunc | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 29, 2008 at 4:50 AM (Answer #1)

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I believe I answered this question a few days ago, but here goes:

According to a critical work entitled The Future of Modernism, Joyce articulated the aesthetic theories of Stephen Dedalus in his personal notebooks. The main principles are as follows:

  • any theory of beauty must include the conventionally ugly
  • art is neither immoral nor amoral but transcends conventional morality
  • the work of art is a "selfcontained wholeness." I believe this means that art does not perform a social function, but is rather "art for art's sake."

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http://books.google.com/books?id=jqVkJyX9oM4C&pg=PA40...

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jayadurgasomu | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2010 at 10:16 PM (Answer #2)

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