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Aesthetic distance

a degree of detachment from or nonidentification with the characters or circumstances of a work of art, permitting the formation of judgments based on aesthetic rather than extra-aesthetic criteria.
Historical Examples

But Johnson of Cheshire lacked the aesthetic distance required of sustained irony and had a grander purpose in mind.
The Merry-Thought: or the Glass-Window and Bog-House Miscellany Hurlo Thrumbo (pseudonym)


the physical placement of a performance so that the perspective of the audience is aesthetic and objective

Aesthetic distance permits objective response even in the face of subjective experiences.
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