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Suffering Art Gladly

The Paradox of Negative Emotion in Art

  • Jerrold Levinson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Historical Perspectives

  3. Contemporary Perspectives

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 267-271

About this book


A collection of newly composed essays, some with a historical focus and some with a contemporary focus, which addresses the problem of explaining the appeal of artworks whose appreciation entails negative or difficult emotions on the appreciator's part - what has traditionally been known as "the paradox of tragedy".


aesthetics emotion Schopenhauer

Editors and affiliations

  • Jerrold Levinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MarylandUSA

About the editors

David Davies, McGill University, Canada Pierre Destrée University Catholique de Louvain, Belgium Raf DeClercq, Lingnan University, Hong Kong Iskra Fileva, University of North Carolina, USA Jonathan Gilmore, Columbia University, USA Carolyn Korsmeyer, University of Buffalo, USA Derek Matravers, The Open University, UK Anna Christina Ribeiro, Texas Tech University, USA Sandra Shapshay, Indiana University, USA Aaron Smuts, Rhode Island College, USA Carole Talon-Hugon, University of Nice, France Cain Todd, University of Lancaster, UK Christopher Williams, University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Suffering Art Gladly
  • Book Subtitle The Paradox of Negative Emotion in Art
  • Authors Jerrold Levinson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-34983-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-34598-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-31371-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 271
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Aesthetics
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