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Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics

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Editors: Werner Hamacher, David E. Wellbery

Running from pole to pole, meridians trace connections. They draw lines of tension, crossing virtually all the points of a sphere and exposing to critical remapping the places and objects through which they pass. Just as meridians are artificial constructions, so the arts - literature, painting, music, architecture, as well as their theoretical phrasing - can be conceived as meridians. Meridian contravenes the tendencies toward isolationism and reductionism that have characterized recent aesthetic inquiry. Presenting investigations in philosophy, literature and its theories, psychoanalysis, ethnology, politics, and history, the series will set the arts in their broadest contexts, seeking to rechart the territory of the aesthetic and to disclose new horizons for critical thought.

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