The Move Beyond Form by Mary Joe Hughes


Creative Undoing in Literature
and the Arts since 1960

“A sophisticated and engaging work that makes a significant contribution to the field of contemporary aesthetics and critical theory.”

Christopher A. Dustin, Professor of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross

“In this book Mary Joe Hughes shows how our post-sixties culture bears witness to a dramatic dissolution of boundaries – between form and content, author and reader, text and world. Challenging the postmodern cult of Theory the author lets works of art – music, film, painting and literature – speak for themselves, while remaining critically conversant with the philosophies of Derrida and Levinas. The book makes a powerful plea for creative interconnection over cynical conflation, for inventive hybridity over consumerist confusion, citing contemporary works from Coetzee and Calvino to Peter Weir and Yo-Yo Ma. The author convinces by a combination of intellectual audacity, critical integrity and deep imagination.”

Richard Kearney, Charles Seelig Chair of Philosophy, Boston College

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