Fryqs - WR100 Writing on Art Roger Fry, "An Essay in...

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WR100 Writing on Art Roger Fry, “An Essay in Aesthetics”: Guiding Questions 1. What, according to Fry, is the traditional definition of art? Why is it important that he introduce this concept at the beginning of his essay? *Plato: In The Republic , Plato claimed that art’s role is to mimic reality. Art is therefore illusionary and potentially harmful to society. 2. Note Fry’s brief summary of Plato’s argument. How does the inclusion of this summary function within Fry’s argument? 3. How does the “imaginative life” differ from sensory perception? Why is this distinction important to Fry’s argument? 4. What does Fry mean when he claims that art is free of moral responsibility? Do you think that Plato would have agreed with this point? 5. To what ends does Fry compare art to religion? 6. How, on page 80, does Fry reverse the traditional definition of art? 7. Is Fry convincing when he emphasizes the importance of the imaginative life? How does he view the state of the imaginative life in the modern era? 8.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course WR WR 100 taught by Professor Chimelewinski during the Spring '08 term at BU.

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Fryqs - WR100 Writing on Art Roger Fry, "An Essay in...

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