Ghosh, Ranjan K.
October 1987
British Journal of Aesthetics;Autumn87, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p319
Academic Journal
The article discusses the problems with asserting that art can communicate ideas and feelings. The author believes that art does more than merely communicate, and he draws on the theory of "rasa," from the aesthetics of India, in asserting that one must distinguish clearly between life-situations and art-situations. The views of Suzanne Langer, that a work of art is a symbol that does not refer to anything outside of itself, and that particularly deep emotions cannot be expressed discursively, are considered. The Hindu sage Muni Bharata is cited as succinctly expressing the theory of "rasa." P. J. Chaudhury is quoted to explain that a contemplative and impersonal aspect of the self is realized in "rasa," and that this aspect is often covered up in ordinary life.


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