Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Curtis Porter, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

David Hanauer, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Oriana Gatta, Ph.D.

Abstract

This phenomenological study explored the aesthetic domain of literacy practices of the four street artists in the post-Soviet Russian city. The study focused on the street artists’ reported understandings of their aesthetic experiences, such as their graffiti and street art practices in the city. The two major aspects emerged from the data, collected via semi- structured interviews and sensory inquires: the participants’ social and political understandings of their aesthetic experiences, and the reported sensory experiences, linked to the city space. The analysis of the findings revealed the negotiation between the cognitive and sensory dimensions of the aesthetic experiences of the street artists. Finally, the definition of an aesthetic literacy, chosen for this study, was challenged, and an updated understanding was proposed.

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