Aesthetics & Alienation

Aesthetics & Alienation

by Gary Tedman


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ISBN-13: 9781780993010
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 06/16/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 273
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements ix

Ch 1 Introduction 1

Ch 2 Method 20

Ch 3 Feelings and Ideas in Marx, Freud and Althusser 32

Ch 4 Ideology, the State and the Aesthetic Level of Practice 40

Ch 5 Notes towards a Foundation for a Subjectless Aesthetics 66

Ch 6 Marx's 1844 Manuscripts as a Work of Art 90

Ch 7 East/West and the Marx-Zeno Dialectic 114

Ch 8 Origins of Kitsch and Counterfeit Dialectics 137

Ch 9 Paris 1844, Manet and Courbet 154

Ch 10 the Art Aesthetic State Apparatuses 161

Ch 11 the Family as Aesthetic State Apparatus 193

Ch 12 Soviet Avant Garde Aesthetics 203

Ch 13 Art and Education 230

Ch 14 Class Struggles Today 243

Notes 247

References 253

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book easy to read despite dealing with the traditionally complex philosophical issue of “aesthetics”. It is billed as a whole and original theory and this may in fact be true. My ears pricked up from the intro: art history in academia and its limitations. The first chapter laying the ground rules of the author’s concept of an “aesthetic level” is simple to follow, written for “people” to understand. It proposes and largely proves the existence of an extra level in social communication alongside the economic, political and ideological in the form of the “aesthetic level”; based on Marx’s “artistic” construction and content of his famous 1844 Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, on Althusser’s Ideological State Apparatuses, on Freud’s concept of the emotions and on Benjamin’s The Author as Producer. This is a level of human sentience and feeling, so important in determining and emotionally cementing other levels. He has a point, opinions and preferences for everything are usually based on “gut reactions” and “good” or “bad” feelings, not on computational analysis. The role of human sensuality, a materialist aesthetic, therefore underpins politics and economic too. According to the author this role is omitted from many theoretical disciplines and most importantly from the theory of the left i.e. there is no materialist theory to determine aesthetics, feelings, sensuality and therefore choices in lifestyle, culture, ideology, politics so missing the necessity for a potent social arts policy and its political and ideological importance. According to the author this has many negative repercussions in socialist social policy, he explains how in a chapter on Soviet Avant Garde art. It’s opened my eyes to a whole load stuff, a different universe I knew was there and have been dreaming of but couldn’t quite put into words. A bit like Freud talking about things people were burnt for, “telepathy” “predictions” and “dreams” and showing they were all just part of material nature named the human psyche. Maybe this book has the potential to set everyone right in a different way. So simply understood but so true, you know it’s been there all the time but just didn’t see it. Quite potent!