Saturday, November 03, 2012

What is serious art and literature?

By “serious literature” Russell Kirk meant writing that inspires the moral imagination.

With me all writing inspires the moral imagination, since I think in those terms anyway, much writing and art can be defined as immoral this way.

I would rather say serious or high art and literature affirms morality or the sacred in imaginative ways. That is, great art is an imaginative affirmation of the sacred.

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