Adorno Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (Contemporary Thinkers Reframed)

Adorno Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (Contemporary Thinkers Reframed)

Geoff Boucher


brushed aside as a depressing elitist who condemned pop culture within the identify of ‘high art’, Theodore W. Adorno (1903-1969) is among the so much provocative and significant but least understood of latest thinkers. This e-book attracts on new translations into English to problem this well known photograph and re-examines Adorno as a utopian thinker who believed real paintings may perhaps keep the world.

Adorno Reframed is not just a entire advent to the reader coming to Adorno for the 1st time via unique dialogue of artistic endeavors, novels, movies and tune, yet a massive re-assessment of this founding father of the Frankfurt institution. stimulated by way of Kant, Hegel, Freud, Marx, Nietzche and Kierkegaard, Adorno used to be a searing critic of the formal, reductive rationality of the Enlightenment and of modernity. Unafraid to discuss human nature, undaunted through dogmas relating to cultural building, Adorno enjoyed artwork that hurts, that challenged the present tradition of the day and resisted the controlled, commodified pseudo-happiness of ‘administered society’. protecting the independence of the wildlife and the particularity of the human person, for Adorno genuine genuine artwork used to be a defiant refusal to subordinate the materiality of the realm and the lived truth of human job to the imperatives of social totality.

Making his thought obtainable via a wealth of concrete illustrations, many drawn from Adorno himself, Geoffrey Boucher recasts Adorno as a innovative whose anthropological imaginative and prescient of the human situation, feel of subversive irony and profoundly historic aesthetics defended the integrity of the person opposed to the commodified tradition industries that provide unsatisfying purchaser ‘happiness’. Grounding Adorno’s social philosophy and aesthetic idea in contextualised research of artists starting from Stockhausen and Kafka to David Lynch and Brett Easton-Ellis, Adorno Reframed takes its topic from interwar modernity into the postmodern and feminist current to ascertain the legacy and effect of Adorno’s radical modernism and his trust that artwork was once within the bottom line the way to do something about, now not get away, fact.

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