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Art and Emotion
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Art and Emotion

Derek Matravers


This book examines how emotions form a bridge between our experience of art and of life. We often find that a particular poem, painting, or piece of music carries an emotional charge; we may also experience emotions towards, or on behalf of, a particular fictional character. These experiences are philosophically puzzling, for their causes seem quite different from the causes of emotion in the rest of our lives. Using many literary, visual and musical examples, this book shows that what these experiences have in common, and what links them to the expression of emotion in non-artistic cases, is ... More

Keywords: emotions, art, life, fictional characters, nature of fiction, cognitivism, expression, literature, vision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199243167
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Matravers, author
The Open University
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