Makings of the Sea

| December 13, 2010

Title: On Mediterranean Aesthetics, Volume 1: Makings of the Sea

Author: John Baldacchino

Publisher: Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press © 2010

Check it out: DE60 .B35 2010

From the publisher: Engaging with 20th century Mediterranean visual and performing arts, literature and music, this book invites the reader to consider how everyday aesthetics inhabit and define the Mediterranean as a common cultural horizon founded on difference. The author entertains no illusions on how this region is ‘shared’ between its peoples and their histories. Instead, he urges the reader to attend to what Albert Camus identifies as “the light” which Mediterranean men and women “have been able to keep.” Yet one must never forget that Camus’s statement is further qualified with a warning: “just as the Mediterranean sun is the same for all men, the effort of men’s intelligence should be a common inheritance and not a source of conflicts and murders.” – from Gorgias Press

About the author: Dr. John Baldacchino is Associate Professor of Art and Art Education in the department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College Columbia University. In 2007, the Vice Chancellor of The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Scotland, honoured him with the title of Honorary Professor in recognition of his continuous work and collaboration within Gray’s School of Art. – from the Teachers College website

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