Adorno and

Adorno and "A Writing of the Ruins": Essays on Modern Aesthetics and Anglo-American Literature and Culture

by James Martin Harding
     
 

Arguing that postmodernism has so shifted current critical paradigms that Adorno's work can best be assessed in terms of its relevance in specific localized contexts, this book pursues a course that preserves Adorn's opposition to hegemonic programs but that is also wary of Adorn's own (negative) penchant for totalizing concepts. Unlike recent works which attempt to… See more details below

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Arguing that postmodernism has so shifted current critical paradigms that Adorno's work can best be assessed in terms of its relevance in specific localized contexts, this book pursues a course that preserves Adorn's opposition to hegemonic programs but that is also wary of Adorn's own (negative) penchant for totalizing concepts. Unlike recent works which attempt to synthesize Adorn's writing into a comprehensive system that then becomes either the focus of an overriding critique or an object of appropriation, Harding orders his book as a collection of essays whose loose association questions the structural totality of Adorn's thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791432693
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Pages:
197

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
IAdorno, Dialectics, and Aesthetic Theory
1Historical Dialectics and the Autonomy of Art in Adorno's Aesthetic Theory11
2Aesthetic Theory and Fragmenting the Unities of Negation27
IIAdorno, Literature, and the Conceptual Forms of Historical Reflection
3Trying to Understand Godot: Adorno, Beckett, and the Senility of Dialectics51
4The Lexicon of Music: Adorno, the Philosophy of Music, and Eliot's Four Quartets65
IIIAdorno, Folk Culture, Commodification and National Identity in Literature and Music
5Adorno, Ellison, and the Critique of Jazz97
6Cultural Identities, Commodities, and Myth: Adorno and Baraka on Wagner and the Flying Dutchman117
Notes149
Bibliography179
Index191

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