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aesthetic distance

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.
1935-40 Unabridged
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Contemporary definitions for aesthetic-distance

the physical placement of a performance so that the perspective of the audience is aesthetic and objective


Aesthetic distance permits objective response even in the face of subjective experiences.

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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.

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