About 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).
Table of ContentsPart I.
1. Literary institution and modernization.
2. Walter Benjamin's 'Redemptive Critique': some preliminary reflections on the project of a critical hermeneutics.
3. The Decline of Modernism.
4. The return of analogy: aesthetics as vanishing point in Michel Foucault's The Order of Things. .
5. Some reflections upon the historico-sociological explanation of the aesthetics of genius in the 18th century.
6. Morality and society in Diderot and de Sade.
7. Naturalism, Aestheticism and the problems of subjectivity.
8. Dissolution of the subject and the hardened self: modernity and the avantgarde in Wyndham Lewis's novel Tarr.
9. On the actuality of art: the aesthetic in Peter Weiss's "Aesthetic of Resistance.".
10. Everydayness, allegory and the avant-garde: some reflections on the work of Joseph Beuys.