Adorno Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts by Geoff Boucher

By Geoff Boucher

Brushed off as a depressing elitist who condemned pop culture within the identify of ‘high art’, Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) is without doubt one of the so much provocative and demanding but least understood of latest thinkers. This ebook attracts on new translations into English to problem this well known picture and re-examines Adorno as a utopian thinker who believed actual artwork may keep the world.

Adorno Reframed is not just a complete creation to the reader coming to Adorno for the 1st time via precise dialogue of works of art, novels, motion pictures and song, yet a massive second look of this founding father of the Frankfurt university. inspired through Kant, Hegel, Freud, Marx, Nietzche and Kierkegaard, Adorno was once a searing critic of the formal, reductive rationality of the Enlightenment and of modernity. Unafraid to speak about human nature, undaunted by means of dogmas relating to cultural development, Adorno enjoyed artwork that hurts, that challenged the existing tradition of the day and resisted the controlled, commodified pseudo-happiness of ‘administered society’. protecting the independence of the flora and fauna and the particularity of the human person, for Adorno genuine genuine paintings was once a defiant refusal to subordinate the materiality of the realm and the lived fact of human task to the imperatives of social totality.

Making his thought available via a wealth of concrete illustrations, many drawn from Adorno himself, Geoffrey Boucher recasts Adorno as a innovative whose anthropological imaginative and prescient of the human , feel of subversive irony and profoundly ancient aesthetics defended the integrity of the person opposed to the commodified tradition industries that offer unsatisfying patron ‘happiness’. Grounding Adorno’s social philosophy and aesthetic idea in contextualised research of artists starting from Stockhausen and Kafka to David Lynch and Brett Easton-Ellis, Adorno Reframed takes its topic from interwar modernity into the postmodern and feminist current to ascertain the legacy and impact of Adorno’s radical modernism and his trust that artwork was once within the base line the way to take care of, no longer break out, fact.

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