Adorno and Literature by Nigel Mapp

By Nigel Mapp

Regardless of the new upsurge of curiosity in Theodor Adorno's paintings, his literary writings are commonly under-represented. despite the fact that, literature is a important point in his aesthetic thought. Bringing jointly unique essays from a special overseas workforce of members, this ebook deals a panoramic account of the literary parts of Adorno's considering. <B>It is split into 3 sections, facing the idea that of literature, with poetry, and with modernity and the radical respectively. even as, the booklet presents a transparent feel of the original features of Adorno's philosophy of literature by way of seriously bearing on his paintings to a few different influential theorists and theories together with modern postmodernist thought and cultural stories.

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This explains why Adorno is so critical of projects to reveal an originary language positively, or a synaesthetic overcoming of the alienated sensibility of enlightenment rationalization, or indeed a Gesamtkunstwerk that would overcome the alienation of the arts from one another. All these projects propose to recover the origin of culture immediately and thereby appeal to it in an inevitably mythic form. A NEGATIVE DIALECTIC OF THE ARTS The foregoing underpins, and is clarified by, Adorno's 'Art and the Arts'.

The founding presumption of his criticism, namely that only a few works are worth serious attention, is a corrective to contemporary readings diat are reluctant to make value judgements or that base those judgements mainly on die appraisal of texts as registers of 'identity'. In opposition to diose who present the suspension of aesthetic discrimination as favouring a more democratic pedagogy, Adorno suggests that diose who refuse to discriminate may be colluding in the continued cultural deprivation that is the basis of 'mass' taste.

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