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Frontiers of PleasureModels of Aesthetic Response in Archaic and Classical Greek Thought$
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Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199798322

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199798322.001.0001

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(p.14) 2 Tranquility
Frontiers of Pleasure

Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

Oxford University Press

Starting with James Joyce’s discussion of aesthetic pleasure as a distinct type of pleasure associated with an attitude he names “luminous silent stasis” (a phrase that picks up on and transforms Thomas Aquinas’s approaches to beauty), the chapter discusses various ways in which Greek thought represented, evaluated, and visualized modes of aesthetic experience akin to restful contemplation and tranquility. Xenophon, Plato, Greek vase paintings, and, finally, Homer exemplify diverse instantiations of aesthetic tranquility, some of which may in fact straddle the border between external motionlessness and internal agitation.

Keywords:   aesthetic experience, agitation, James Joyce, motionlessness, restful contemplation, silence, silent stasis

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