W02-Tolstoy

Tolstoy: What is Art?

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Recommended

Vocabulary

  • shortcomings
  • merits
  • connoisseurs
  • subsidies
  • stupefying occupations
  • self-complacent specialists
  • angry abuse
  • morally crippled
  • absurdities
  • recitative
  • incomprehensible
  • vague
  • indefinite
  • simulacra
  • borrowing
  • imitation
  • effectfulness
  • diversion
  • poetic subjects
  • poetic objects
  • poetic memories
  • infection
  • counterfeits
  • affecting external sensations
  • juxtaposing
  • unexpectedness
  • intellectual interest
  • puzzle
  • artistic impressions
  • wholeness
  • organicness
  • psychological effects
  • unsatisfied curiosity
  • rules or recipes
  • liberation of the person from isolation
  • merging
  • infectiousness
  • particularity
  • clarity
  • sincerity

Tolstoy Study Questions

  • Why do societies dedicate so much money and hard work in the name of art?
  • What are the four methods of simulacra and how are the different from each other?
  • What conditions are necessary for someone to create a true object of art?
  • How do rules and recipes prevent the creation of art?
  • What are the three conditions of infectiousness and worth in art?