Ellen Dissanayake

Author and Lecturer

Affiliate Professor
School of Music
University of Washington

Photograph by Ekkehart Malotki

Photograph by Ekkehart Malotki

Books

What Is Art For?

What Is Art For?

1988  Seattle: University of Washington Press.

(Reprinted in paperback, July 1990; second paperback printing, December 1991; third paperback printing, October 1995; fourth paperback printing May 1998; fifth paperback printing, March 2002; on demand printing beginning May 2006).  Selected by the Press as one of  "75 Notable Books, 1920-1995" in honor of its 75th birthday.

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One of the most intellectually enriching interdisciplinary studies of art that has ever been written. It combines breadth of learning with lucidity of thought and expression, in a way that should engage the interest of anyone with a systematic interest in the arts-be it scientific, or from the viewpoint of the humanities. — Nature