19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, No 12 (2011)

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Pater as Psychagogue: Psychology, Aesthetics, Rhetoric

Matthew Beaumont


This article explores Pater's use of the term 'psychology' in order to explore the relationship in his work between psychology and aesthetics, proposing that his allusion in Plato and Platonism to 'psychagogia', an ancient rhetorical practice, can productively be used to rethink this relationship, especially in relation to Studies in the History of the Renaissance.

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