"Form," "formalism," and "aesthetics" are not the same thing, although the terms often have been used interchangeably in recent diagnoses of the literary profession, many of which advocate a renewed commitment to the "literary." Scrutiny of the term "form" and of a chapter from Melville's Moby-Dick may suggest extravagant alternatives to another oscillation between the historical and the formal.
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Samuel Otter; An Aesthetics in All Things. Representations 1 November 2008; 104 (1): 116–125. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2008.104.1.116
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