By Peter Uwe Hohendahl
A dialogue of Theodor Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory is sure to seem considerably diversified this day than it is going to have seemed while the e-book used to be first released in 1970, or whilst it first seemed in English translation within the Eighties. In The Fleeting Promise of Art, Peter Uwe Hohendahl reexamines Aesthetic Theory in addition to Adorno’s different writings on aesthetics in gentle of the unforeseen go back of the cultured to today’s cultural debates.
Is Adorno’s aesthetic thought nonetheless proper this day? Hohendahl solutions this query with an emphatic definite. As he indicates, a cautious studying of the paintings exposes assorted questions and arguments this present day than it did long ago. through the years Adorno’s crisis over the destiny of artwork in a overdue capitalist society has met with every little thing from suspicion to indifference. partially this would be defined via relative unfamiliarity with the German dialectical culture in North the United States. Today’s debate is best educated, extra multifaceted, and additional faraway from the rapid aftermath of the chilly warfare and of the shadow of postmodernism.
Adorno’s insistence at the radical autonomy of the paintings has a lot to supply modern discussions of paintings and the classy looking for new responses to the pervasive results of a neoliberal artwork marketplace and tradition undefined. Focusing in particular on Adorno’s engagement with literary works, Hohendahl indicates how appreciably transformative Adorno’s principles were and the way completely they've got formed present discussions in aesthetics. one of the themes he considers are the position of artwork in modernism and postmodernism, the reality claims of artistic endeavors, the functionality of the grotesque in glossy artistic endeavors, the precarious worth of the literary culture, and the astonishing value of realism for Adorno.
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