1. Characterized by or relating to an aura.
2. Of or relating to the distinctive quality or essence of a person, work of art, or object.

[Probably from German auratisch, from Aura, aura, from Latin aura, gentle breeze, breath; see aura.]
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In sum, he asks how Hitchcock's "cryptonomies" operate as "epistemo-political agents mobilized against the home state's ocularcentric and auratic premises.
In addition to containing stylistic and thematic elements that are marked as "noir," the film exemplifies noir's frequent penchant for violating the auratic functions of cinema by way of several doubling strategies: through visual twinning, wherein one actor--Paul Henreid in this case--plays two different characters; by its pastiche-like repetition of stock narratives and character types; via plot developments that mock enlightenment and romantic notions of the individual self; and through its use of photography as a stand-in or "double" for its own mechanisms.
Walter Benjamin saw the cult of the movie star as a rather perverse perseverance of auratic elements on the postauratic ground of mechanical reproduction.
In Myles's story, Schuyler's creative presence radiates a ind of inner warmth, pervading the yellow sunlit hotel room with an auratic music that contains heat and fire as well as mysterious silences.
If Hannah's contemporary work returns Franco-philic longing to a prewar mannered gentility, Dannatt was perceptive enough to realize that downtown art and film, for all their grime and amateurism, have also taken on an auratic gleam in recent years.
To Savran, theatre is "neither high or low--or rather both high and low at the same time--land] has consistently evinced those characteristics that have historically been branded as middlebrow: the promiscuous mixture of commerce and art, entertainment and politics, the banal and the auratic, the profane and the sacred, spectacular and personal, erotic and intellectual" (2005, 15; emphasis in original).
Positioned outside a clapboard cabin, the maternal figure transcends its earthy and earthly environs as its head is ringed by a large auratic halo--a move that places the black, folk, Virginia subject into the vast catalogue of predominantly white Madonna images in the West, from Giotto's to that of Johnson's white contemporary Frank W.
I would argue instead that the inordinate amount of time Ellison spent worrying over his stereo equipment's sonic fidelity (with all the concern that word implies for the live event of the recording) reflects his abiding obsession with replicating the auratic presence of the originary jazz performance.
Neither his fake narrative nor Eileen's perverse echoes of it are memories, stories, affording the reciprocity of an auratic relation.
There is even a bit of cheeky humor in her often blunt brushwork and distressed surfaces: The dirty fingerprints and ring stains that typically besmirch her paintings seem to critique the auratic presence of the artist more than claim its ritualistic magic.
For the New Critics, literature's auratic renewal from the ashes of language would allow the poem to remain inviolate despite the critic's practice of violation.
Beyond this threshold, however, the lucid dreaming encouraged by celluloid quickly gives way to a much more conscious and simultaneously embodied experience as one enters a room crammed with auratic objects: artifacts of production (a collection of the director's favored lenses) and distribution (a floor-to-ceiling hanging of film posters) alongside the archival residue of his early still-camera work.