This book is a rigorous inquiry into the relation of rhetoric, epistemology, anesthetics, one that presents radical notions of materiality.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyWhile the imitators of great literary theorists may have produced the least lucid, most jargon-laden and most parodied literary and cultural criticism since the 18th century, editors Wlad Godzich and Jochen Schulte-Sasse of the University of Minnesota's Theory and History of Literature series cannot be blamed for such excesses. Their 88-volume series, which contains some of the most cogent though still challenging criticism of the last 15 years, terminates with a volume from the controversial late Yale deconstructionist Paul de Man (Aesthetic Ideology) and a retranslated edition of mid-century Frankfurt School leader Theodore Adorno's Aesthetic Theory. This dignified leave-taking preempts the empty millennial speculation currently dominating postmodern studies, and leaves in its wake a generation of scholars reared on the series. (De Man: $49.95, 224p ISBN 0-8166-2203-5, $19.95 paper -2204-3; Adorno: $39.95, 448p ISBN 0-8166-1799-6, cloth only)
Library JournalAlthough de Man died in 1983, he remains controversial as the godfather of deconstructionism. Warminski (co-editor of Romanticism and Contemporary Criticism, LJ 1/93) draws together and publishes for the first time five completed essays on aesthetics, rhetoric, and ideology in the philosophical writings of Pascal, Kant, Schiller, and Hegel, part of a book that de Man was working on at the time of his death. This volume also includes essays on irony and metaphor. De Man approaches these philosophical texts with the same erudition and sensitivity that he brought to literature. An important addition to the de Man canon, this volume, along with a new translation of Theodor Adorno's Aesthetics, will bring to a close Minnesota's seminal "Theory and History of Literature" series.Thomas L. Cooksey, Armstrong Atlantic State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
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