It also addresses the intercultural framework of comparative aesthetics that juxtaposes larger cultural entities like the Indian, the Chinese and the Western around some key terms of aesthetics like originality, creativity, beauty, mimesis and resonance. While it highlights the methodological challenges that comparative aesthetics faces in the wake of globalization that has thrown up new disciplines of study, it also signals certain unevenness that exists in the field. While dealing with new interpretative lenses to understand terminology of aesthetics, it also draws attention to new primary texts that were less explored or were there in fragments and therefore overlooked. Finally, it attempts to update comparative aesthetics through new interdisciplinary conversations that throw light on crucial aspects of Indian aesthetics today.
Professor Parul Dave-Mukherji teaches at the Department of Visual Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She holds a PhD from Oxford University and has held fellowships at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, USA; South Asia Institute, Heidelberg, Germany; British Academy fellowship, Goldsmiths' College, London; Kunst Historische Institute, Florence. Her published works concern silpasastras, classical Sanskrit aesthetics, comparative aesthetics and global art history.
However, the reinvention of comparative aesthetics in the present seems to be in the wake of comparative literature 345 (Hussain, 2006). Moving beyond the cultural politics of Cold War hostility between the West and the rest, where the latter was subsumed under area studies, comparative literature offered a new model of hospitality drawn from the former interaction across European literary cultures (Spivak, 2003).
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