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Title:The construction of Taiwanese aesthetics through arts and humanities textbooks
Author(s):Wu, Hong-An
Advisor(s):Parsons, Michael J.
Department / Program:Art & Design
Discipline:Art Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Taiwanese aesthetics
Arts and Humanities textbooks
art education
content analysis
Abstract:This study examines the dominant view of aesthetics in Taiwan as it is presented in the state approved Art and Humanities Textbooks. By looking at how the artworks and artists are framed, where these artworks and artists are from, and which traditions influence the construction of art, I want to find the elements constructing Taiwanese identity presented by these Taiwanese textbooks. Taiwanese aesthetics is understood here as the specific style or appearances of any aural or visual form associated with the construction of an ideology of what is beautiful, worthwhile and artistic within Taiwan’s context. In the end, I conclude that the essential quality of Taiwanese aesthetics is hybridity and that Taiwanese aesthetics is not static. Instead, it is the ongoing construction and re-appropriation of values concerning arts from various discipline discourse and cultural traditions. Its fluid and changing quality makes it impossible to define Taiwanese aesthetics; it can only be constructed through living and doing by individuals.
Issue Date:2013-05-24
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Hong-An Wu
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-05-24
Date Deposited:2013-05

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