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Aesthetic distance


Aesthetic distance refers to the gap between a viewer's conscious reality and the fictional reality presented in a work of art. When a reader becomes fully engrossed in the illusory narrative world of a book, the author has achieved a close aesthetic distance. If the author then jars the reader from the reality of the story, essentially reminding the reader they are reading a book, the author is said to have "violated the aesthetic distance." The notion of aesthetic distance derives from an article by William Bullough published in 1912. In that article, he begins with the image of a passenger on a ship observing fog at sea. If the passenger thinks of the fog in terms of danger to the ship, the experience is not aesthetic, but to regard the beautiful scene in detached wonder is to take legitimate aesthetic attitude. One must feel, but not too much. Bullough writes, "Distance … is obtained by separating the object and its appeal from one's own self, by putting it out of gear with practical needs and ends. Thereby the 'contemplation' of the object becomes alone possible.

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Google previewInternational Handbook of Research in Arts Education (2007)

by Liora Bresler

Insufficient aesthetic distance means that the work of art or the play ceases to function as a...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Distances (2009)

by Michel Marie Deza, Elena Deza

The aesthetic distance is a degree of emotional involvement of the individual, who undergoes experiences and objective reality of the art, in a work of art. It means the frame of reference that an artist creates, by the use of technical devices in ...

Google previewTHEATRE AND ENCOUNTER (2014)


Aesthetic distance is an imaginative artefact: it could be described as the first creation of genuine imagination. Northrop Frye draws attention to the formal, in the sense of artistic, nature of imagination as distinct from mere fancy: “What the ...

Google previewCreative Arts in Education and Culture (2013)

Perspectives from Greater China by Samuel Leong, Bo Wah Leung

Aesthetic distance is a kind of disparity between the horizon of expectation of the reader (or viewer) and the text that causes horizon change. Deconstruction and critique: The abilities of deconstruction and critiquing are important to foster a ...

Google previewThe Anthem Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory (2010)

by Peter Auger

aesthetic distance The relation between a LITERARY work and its ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Media and Communication (2011)

by Daniel Chandler, Rod Munday

See AESTHETIC DISTANCE; DISTANCIATION. 4. (psychological) See PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTANCE. distance communication 1. Any * interpersonal communication in which the physical gap between the participants is beyond ...

Google previewDictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (2012)

by J. A. Cuddon

The concept of aesthetic distance became established in the 20th 0., though it appears to be inherent in ...

Google previewDictionary of Poetic Terms (2003)

by Jack Elliott Myers, Don C. Wukasch

See Aesthetic Distance, Distance And INVOLVEMENT, NEGATIVE CAPABILITY, and OBJECTIVITY vs. SUBJECTIVITY. objective criticism a form of literary analysis and evaluation that bases its judgment of a work on factors that exclude the ...

Google previewDictionary of philosophical terms (1997)

uninterested appreciation aesthetic distance e ästhetische Distanz f (aes) aesthetic ...

Google previewDictionary of Distances (2006)

by Michel-Marie Deza, Elena Deza

The aesthetic distance is a degree of emotional involvement of the individual, who undergoes experiences and objective ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Stylistics (2014)

by Katie Wales

Aesthetic distance has sometimes been used in LITERARY CRITICISM to refer to the objectivity demanded by writer and reader with reference to the literary work, lest art be confused with reality. Hence the attitudes of the NARRATOR ...

Google previewThe Sterling Dictionary Of Literary Terms (1998)

by Amrita Sharma

AESTHETIC DISTANCE Has its origin in the Neo-Criticism or the 'New Criticism' theory which advocate complete detachment from the work of art. Aesthetic distance implies an attitude of complete objectivity towards the characters, ...

Google previewGaither's Dictionary of Scientific Quotations (2012)

A Collection of Approximately 27,000 Quotations Pertaining to Archaeology, Architecture, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Cosmology, Darwinism, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine, Nature, Nursing, Paleontology, Philosophy, Physics, Probability, Science, Statistics, Technology, Theory, Universe, and Zoology by Carl C. Gaither, Alma E. Cavazos-Gaither

biological distance, psychological distance, geographical distance, moral distance, aesthetic distance, sociological distance – but in mathematics distance is defined by a reference to a space of some sort and is thus a concept that requires, ...

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