The Imaginative Conservative – Anti-Romantic Precursor To Greenberg

Posted: February 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Lessing

Originally published in 1766, the “Laocoon” has been called the first modern attempt to define the distinctive spheres of art and poetry, and its author, Lessing, the first modern esthetician. Lessing invented the modern concept of the artistic medium and modernist assumptions of the uniqueness of the individual arts. A new Foreword by Michael Fried emphasizes Lessing’s current importance regarding trends in art history and literary theory.

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THE NEW LAOKOON: AN ESSAY ON THE CONFUSION OF THE ARTS

BY
IRVING BABBITT

BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
COPYRIGHT, 19IO

PART I
The Pseudo-classic Confusion of the Arts
I. The Theory of Imitation 3
II. Poetical Diction 20
III. Lessing and the “Laokoon” 35

PART II
The Romantic Confusion of the Arts
IV. The Theory of Spontaneity 61
V. Platonists and Pseudo-Platonists … 87
VI. Suggestiveness in Romantic Art
1. Word-painting 115
2. Programme Music 159
3. Color- Audition 172

VII. Conclusion
1. The Limits of Naturalism 186
2. Form and Expression 217

Laokoon

Laocoön and His Sons
Circa 27 BC and 68 AD?
Vatican Museums, Vatican City
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