aesthetic distance

aesthetic distance

noun
a degree of detachment from or nonidentification with the characters or circumstances of a work of art, permitting the formation of judgments based on aesthetic rather than extra-aesthetic criteria.

Origin:
1935–40

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To aesthetic distance
Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon
Main Entry:  aesthetic distance
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the physical placement of a performance so that the perspective of the audience is aesthetic and objective
Example:  Aesthetic distance permits objective response even in the face of subjective experiences.
Usage:  arts
Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon
Copyright © 2003-2014 Dictionary.com, LLC
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

aesthetic distance

the frame of reference that an artist creates by the use of technical devices in and around the work of art to differentiate it psychologically from reality. German playwright Bertolt Brecht built his dramatic theory known in English as the alienation effect to accomplish aesthetic distance.

Learn more about aesthetic distance with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature