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Is There a Black Aesthetics?

Allan Shields
Leonardo
Vol. 6, No. 4 (Autumn, 1973), pp. 319-323
Published by: The MIT Press
DOI: 10.2307/1572848
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1572848
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Abstract

The author discusses and analyzes the validity of a suggested possibility of a theory of 'black' aesthetics, a minor aspect in the domain of art of the major social upheaval in the U.S.A. involving Afro-Americans. He concludes that though there is a limited sense in which 'black' aesthetics can be used as a concept, this sense is trivial and inconsequential. He finds no serious, supportable meaning of a theory of 'black' aesthetics as distinguished from general aesthetic theory, any more than there is one of a theory of, for example, 'white' organic chemistry or of 'Indian' trigonometry. /// L'auteur s'interroge sur la validité d'une théorie possible de l'esthétique 'noire', qui dans le domaine artistique est un aspect mineur du grand bouleversement social aux Etats-Unis impliquant les Afro-Américains. L'auteur en conclut que bien que l'on puisse utiliser le concept d'une esthétique 'noire' dans un sens limité, ce concept demeure superficiel et imprécis. Il pense que l'existence d'une théorie de l'esthétique 'noire' séparée de la théorie générale de l'esthétique n'a pas de signification sérieuse, de même qu'on ne pourrait soutenir l'hypothèse d'une théorie de la chimie organique 'blanche' ou de la trigonométrie 'indienne'.

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