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Shelves: from-bryn , cultural-studies , fandom , literary-culture , psychology. I hardly know what to say about this book. I haven't read anything else quite like it. There were times in this book when I felt I wasn't quite grasping the point Jaeger was making, but there were many many more times when I felt Jaeger was writing about my own life and pursuits. My joys in being a fan, my love for a certain charismati I hardly know what to say about this book.
My joys in being a fan, my love for a certain charismatic actor, my exhilaration in being in the front row at a gig - and, more significantly, my work and my mission as a writer. It seems beyond presumptuous for a writer of romances to see herself and her work in a chapter on Goethe, but that's how it was!
There were resonations throughout the book, but that chapter was the stand-out for me. No doubt it would be a different experience for you, dear Reader, but if you are at all interested in the charisma of people and the glorious enchantment to be found in art of all kinds, then you might wallow in this book just as happily as I did. View 2 comments. Apr 11, Sam Worby rated it really liked it.
A book full of beautiful ideas. A thought- provoking exploration of charisma in art and of the power of such art to transform and educate. I found I had to really concentrate to read this book as it is sometimes hard going. There is a little too much technical language. It also feels more like a series of personal essays than a single argument.
That said, there are times like the chapters on chivalric romance, gothic sculpture, Durer's self portrait, and American cinema where it really takes o A book full of beautiful ideas. That said, there are times like the chapters on chivalric romance, gothic sculpture, Durer's self portrait, and American cinema where it really takes off and sparks. And who can't love a book with a table of contents ranging from Homer, to Goethe to Woody Allen?
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I like the overall argument, though I am as yet unsure whether I am persuaded of some of the historical claims, because the approach is more art-history than the empirical history books I am comfortable with. But I am certain that I will think about and explore Jaeger's ideas about charisma in other books I read.
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For Jaeger, the charisma of the visual arts, literature, and film functions by creating an exalted semblance of life, a realm of beauty, sublime emotions, heroic motives and deeds, godlike bodies and actions, and superhuman abilities, so as to dazzle the humbled spectator and lift him or her up into the place so represented. Charismatic art makes us want to live in the higher world that it depicts, to behave like its heroes and heroines, and to think and act according to their values. It temporarily weakens individual will and rational critical thought.
It brings us into a state of enchantment.
Ranging widely across periods and genres, Enchantment investigates the charismatic effect of an ancient statue of Apollo on the poet Rilke, of the painter Durer's self-portrayal as a figure of Christ-like magnificence, of a numinous Odysseus washed ashore on Phaeacia, and of the black-and-white projection of Fred Astaire dancing across the Depression-era movie screen. From the tattoos on the face of a Maori tribesman to the haunting visage of Charlotte Rampling in a film by Woody Allen, Jaeger's extraordinary book explores the dichotomies of reality and illusion, life and art that are fundamental to both cultic and aesthetic experience.
Introduction Chapter 1. Charisma and Art Chapter 2. Icon and Relic Chapter 5. Romance and Adventure Chapter 7. Book Burning at Don Quixote's Chapter 9. Goethe's Faust and the Limits of the Imagination Chapter With the learning, passion, and verve familiar from his distinguished medieval scholarship, Jaeger's argument ranges magisterially from the body art of primitive cultures, through Classical epic, medieval sculpture, pedagogy and romance the high point of charismatic culture in the West , all the way to Rilke and American cinema.
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Brown, University of Washington "C. Stephen Jaeger's magnificent, generous, and wide-ranging study has at its heart all that which is life-affirming. At every turn we encounter vigorous, eloquent, and intellectually consistent challenges to the division of art and experience.