Beauty: Exploring Critical Perspectives

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Beauty: Exploring Critical Perspectives

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Edited by Pierre Wilhelm

Year: 2016

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The emergence of unconventional metaphors of beauty calls on us to pay attention to competing and seemingly intractable connotations of fear, darkness, ugliness, oppression, repression, callousness and dejection that won’t leave us indifferent to their appeal.  How researchers envisage beauty as a topic of investigation tells us as much about our conceptualizations of beauty arising from particular scientific perceptions as about the language and symbols expressing this perception.

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Rather than accept society’s ‘preferred metaphors’ about beauty at face value, the authors in this volume question the fact that beauty can also surprise us in the least foreseeable setting, at the most unexpected moment and in the most surprising or unsettling ways. Their work underscores beauty’s ephemeral, transitory, fleeting and at times confounding nature. The way beauty reveals itself to us, they point out, may challenge or even contradict established conventions, norms and values about aesthetics.  The emergence of unconventional metaphors and analogies about beauty in these chapters calls on us to pay attention to competing and seemingly intractable connotations of fear, darkness, ugliness, oppression, repression, callousness and dejection that won’t leave us indifferent to their appeal. How we, as researchers, envisage beauty as a topic of investigation tells us as much about our conceptualization of beauty arising from particular scientific perceptions as about the language and symbols that express this perception.  It raises the important question about why we rely on conceptual constructs to explain beauty and whether beauty remains a mystery to be explored or, ultimately, one best left unexplained.

Introduction 
Pierre Wilhelm

Part I Aspiration for Ideal Bodies and Sociocultural Reinforcement of Beauty Ideals

Fat as Natural Beauty: Construction of Fat Embodiment among U.S. Second Wave Feminist Fat Activists
Amy Erdman Farrell

Family, Peer and Media Influence on Cuban and Mexican Women’s Perception of Feminine Beauty and Their Body Esteem
Pierre Wilhelm and Marianela Morales Calatayud

Part II Militarizing Beauty

The Absolution of the Beautiful Horror: The Erotic and the Sublime in Representations of War
Alberto José Viralhadas Ferreira

Part III Beauty through Cosmetic Surgery

Beauty at the Service of Humanity. A Review of the Therapeutic Value of Aesthetic Treatments
Eva Carpigo

The Beauty Landscape: Why the Role of the Web on Aesthetic Surgery Matters
Rebecca Nash

Part IV Representing Beauty in Art and in the Digital World

Decline of Perceived Beauty: Facial Representations between the 18th and 20th Century in Western Art
Javier de la Rosa, Natalia Caldas, Nandita Dutta and Juan Luis Suárez

Digital Beauties: Strategies of Self-Presentation and Resistance
Olga Vainshtein

Part V Representing Beauty in Translation, Literature and Music

Beauty and the Politics of Translation
Jane Elisabeth Wilhelm

Sing a Soundless Song for Beauty: Beauty in Literature and Music through Shen Congwen’s Fengzi
Qianwei He

Part VI Beauty and Economics

Beauty in Economics: On the Literary Character of Mathematical Models
Oliver Fohrmann

Part VII Beauty’s Rejection

Beauty as Ideological Enemy- Corporal Re-education of Female Inmates in Yugoslav Political Prisons (1949- 1956)
Milica Prokić

Rejection of Beauty: An Unsightly Appearance as a Form of Nonverbal Communication
Marta Kargól

Gagging Beauty
Laini Burton

Part VIII Ugliness and Poor Body-Image

The Ugly Problem: The Lived Experience
Jacque Lynn Foltyn

Perceiving One’s Own Personal Beauty: Emotional Indicators of the Identification Crisis
Vyacheslav Simonov and Irina Strebkova

Part IX The Display of Beauty in Nature and Tourism

Tourist Resorts as Stages of Social Display: Beauty and Fashion in 1930s Estoril
Cristina Carvalho

Part X Beauty as a Way of Life

On Beauty: A Manifesto
Patricia A. Sayre

Pierre Wilhelm coordinates business communication courses at Athabasca University, Canada’s Open and Online University. His research focuses on media and interpersonal effects influencing women’s body esteem. Pierre was assisted by Rebecca Nash, who is presently completing a PhD at the Institute of Web Science, University of Southampton, UK. Her research interests focus principally on the role of the Web on body modification and the politics of beauty.