Cosmetic, Aesthetic, Prophetic: Beyond the Boundaries of Beauty


Cosmetic, Aesthetic, Prophetic: Beyond the Boundaries of Beauty


Edited by Alberto Ferreira and Lucy Moyse

Format: eBook (PDF)

Year: 2016

This volume provides a wealth of fresh, rigorous, and interdisciplinary analyses that de-mystify the concept of beauty and its many manifestations.

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The ever-elusive field of Beauty Studies is one that often underappreciated, yet it is a key concept across all spheres of knowledge, transcending traditional and innovative epistemologies, and providing provocative insights into fundamental aspects of human existence. Here, researchers from around the globe contribute rich and diverse ideas and perspectives from a multitude of disciplines to highlight, explore, and re-evaluate the significance and infinite implications of this pervading topic, within history, science, society, culture, new media, mathematics, art, and literature.

Introduction: The Shapeshifting Nature of Beauty  
Alberto Ferreira and Lucy Moyse

Part I Shaping Worlds through Beauty

The Pseudoscience of Beauty: Facts and Myths
Jacque Lynn Foltyn

Breaking the Bonds of Beauty: The Dark Side of Beauty Between World Wars
Lucy Jane Moyse

Evolutionary Scents: Lucy McRae’s Swallowable Parfum
Laini Burton

Part II Defining Beauty in Science

From Object to Emotion: The Aesthetics of Human-Computer Interaction
Alberto José Viralhadas Ferreira

Notions on Beauty in Mathematics and Arts
Tuuli Lähdesmäki

Part III Building Cultural Definitions of Beauty

Beauty in Space and Time: The Changing Construction of Beauty among Ghanaian Youth
Georgina Yaa Oduro

Beauty Ideals and Tamil Movies: Comparing Views of Malaysian Indian and Indian Youths
Premalatha Karupiah

Do I Have What It Takes? The Participants of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model as Cultural Intermediaries
Jenna Jones

Part IV Literary and Artistic Perspectives of Beauty

Postmodern (De)Constructions: Arata Isozaki and Japanese Dialogues on Beauty
Harpreet (Neena) Mand, Marly Swanson-Wood

Marie-Madeleine Guimard: Eighteenth Century Ballerina and Early Fashion Icon
Joanna Jarvis

The Influence of Walter Pater’s Theory of Aesthetics on Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Wilde’s
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Gonul Bakay

Part V Social Spaces of Beauty

Female Beauty Workers Who Cannot Afford the Price of Beauty
Hager Faisal Amer

Pursuing the Body Beautiful: Men’s Beauty Aesthetics within the Space of the Beauty Parlour
Deepmala Baghel and D. Parthasarathy

A Beautiful Lesson: Sublime Moments in Education
Seán Moran

Part VI Commodifying Images of Beauty

Queering the Hourglass: Beauty and New Wave Fat Activism
Lauren Downing Peters

Functional/Dysfunctional Beauty: On the Creation and Commodification of Cuteness
Joel Gn

Alberto Ferreira is a Cultural Studies PhD student at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research interests are linked to ethnography, philosophy, and sociology, particularly post-humanism, ethics, and economic sociology. When not changing into his alternative guise as an amateur musician, he works as a user experience consultant.

Lucy Moyse is a Doctoral Candidate, and Teaching and Research Assistant in the History of Dress at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and visiting lecturer in several UK institutions. Her research currently explores violence within fashion and beauty. She regularly contributes to international media projects, and has just completed a documentary based on her thesis