I argue that a Herbertian reading of John Dewey’s aesthetic theory reveals his aesthetics as sacramental and offers a new lens through which to understand the functioning of Herbert’s rhetoric as well as Dewey’s philosophy. In turn, the sacramental qualities of Dewey’s aesthetic theory make a compelling argument for a postsecular interpretation of his work. First, I posit Herbert’s poetry within The Temple as sacramental; second, I discuss Dewey’s theory and the way Herbert follows it in structure; lastly, I highlight the ways in which this reading renders Dewey’s aesthetics as sacramental and outline the implications of this reading for further study.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Langton, Hayley E.
"Sacramental Aesthetics: A Herbertian Reading of John Dewey,"
Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism: Vol. 14:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/criterion/vol14/iss2/5