â€œImagination is a Tricky Powerâ€: Transnationalism and Aesthetic Education in Shirley Geok-lin Limâ€™s Work
In light of the recent "transnational turn" in American Studies, there has been a steady interest in questions about literary productions and aesthetic education. Already Friedrich Schillerâ€™s definition of the concept of aesthetic education in 1794 holds that literature has the potential to assume the role of an agent working towards a paradigm shift away from the national as representational category and towards the embracing of transnational concepts. My article examines the relevance of aesthetic education apparent in a selection of Shirley Limâ€™s work. Framed through the personal experiences of protagonists and lyrical personae that are always issuing meta-referential comments on the creation of literature or the production and dissemination of knowledge, Lim emphasises the role of aesthetic education as a politically-charged feeling of beauty and belonging. Examples from Limâ€™s fictional and non-fictional work allow me to trace the ontological dimensions aesthetic education acquires in a transnational context.
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