"To do otherwise - to look away before it got hard to watch, to imply or aestheticise
crucial events, to make it easy and safe for the viewer, would be to do a grave disservice to a story that is neither easy nor safe."
By all these continuous cultural accomplishments, Madlena Zepter actually exposes her steady and determined humanistic pretension and dedication "each and every day of her life to aestheticise
the life around her and to promote and provide the way of living surrounded with beauty not only to her closest and loved ones, but also with the noble goal of making it accessible to a number of her compatriots" (Zepter 2014b).
In my research I have examined the emerging romances of austerity in Britain, as articulated in the current cultural visibility and celebration of practices of 'new thrift' - as diverse as growing your own food, recycling and repurposing goods and craft practices - and how these work to aestheticise
": Shroud by John Banville.
They have politicised them, philosophised them, and theorised them; and all the time those imaginative works retain the potentiality to aestheticise
the interpreters' politics, their philosophies and their theories.
Thirties characters no longer aestheticise
the present in order to make it fit for nostalgia, like John Haye in Green's Blindness (19) or Mrs Dalloway for that matter, but suffer from the painful intrusion of the past into the present and their uneasy co-existence.
The Wordsworth chapter draws on Onorato's Freudian account of episodes from The Prelude as screen memories, describing the troubling (for Wordsworth) proximity of imagmative success to accounts of death, and the way that the poem's successive revisions seek to aestheticise
that connection, while not simply aestheticising it away.
Significantly, the Abbe also reports that the Marchese, following her disappearance, literally substituted a more suitable body for the missing Mignon, when he and his family provided a despairing Sperata with the skeleton of another child--it is this strategically placed "double" which Sperata is able to aestheticise
. When Mignon has been fixed as a work of art--and in the Wanderjahre, as I remarked, she exists only as an artist's fantasy--Wilhelm is able to follow a more conventional path toward Bildung.
(29) To her position that photography can only aestheticise
death so that it can only be met with 'passivity or contentment,' Reinhardt contends that this is 'neither obviously true nor even obviously clear', and continues: