Decline of Modernism


In this book, the author addresses the relationship between art and society, from the emergence of bourgeois culture in the eighteenth century to the decline of modernism in the twentieth century.
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In this book, the author addresses the relationship between art and society, from the emergence of bourgeois culture in the eighteenth century to the decline of modernism in the twentieth century.
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“Whether commenting on theorists like Benjamin, Adorno, and Foucault or artists like Diderot, Beuys, and Lewis, Peter Bürger brings to bear a keenly honed intelligence and prodigious learning. The penetrating essays collected in The Decline of Modernism show critical hermeneutics at its most dazzling and incisive. Anyone concerned with the international debate on the relation between politics and aesthetics must read this book.”
—Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745606224
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/25/1992
  • Pages: 200

Meet the Author

Peter Burger is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Bremen. He is the author of The Theory of the Avant-Garde (1984).

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Table of Contents

1 Literary Institution and Modernization 3
2 Walter Benjamin's 'Redemptive Critique': Some Preliminary Reflections on the Project of a Critical Hermeneutics 19
3 The Decline of Modernism 32
4 The Return of Analogy: Aesthetics as Vanishing Point in Michel Foucault's The Order of Things 48
5 Some Reflections upon the Historico-sociological Explanation of the Aesthetics of Genius in the Eighteenth Century 57
6 Morality and Society in Diderot and de Sade 70
7 Naturalism, Aestheticism and the Problem of Subjectivity 95
8 Dissolution of the Subject and the Hardened Self: Modernity and the Avant-garde in Wyndham Lewis's Novel Tarr 127
9 On the Actuality of Art: The Aesthetic in Peter Weiss's Aesthetic of Resistance 137
10 Everydayness, Allegory and the Avant-garde: Some Reflections on the Work of Joseph Beuys 147
Notes 162
Index 183
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