By Peter Uwe Hohendahl
A dialogue of Theodor Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory is sure to appear considerably various this day than it can have seemed whilst the publication was once 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 mild of the unforeseen go back of the cultured to today’s cultural debates.
Is Adorno’s aesthetic conception nonetheless suitable this present day? Hohendahl solutions this query with an emphatic definite. As he exhibits, a cautious examining of the paintings exposes diversified questions and arguments this day than it did long ago. through the years Adorno’s trouble over the destiny of paintings in a past due capitalist society has met with every thing from suspicion to indifference. partially this would be defined by means of relative unfamiliarity with the German dialectical culture in North the US. Today’s debate is best educated, extra multifaceted, and extra faraway from the fast 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 provide modern discussions of artwork and the cultured looking for new responses to the pervasive results of a neoliberal artwork marketplace and tradition undefined. Focusing particularly on Adorno’s engagement with literary works, Hohendahl exhibits how notably transformative Adorno’s rules were and the way completely they've got formed present discussions in aesthetics. one of the issues he considers are the function of paintings in modernism and postmodernism, the reality claims of artistic endeavors, the functionality of the grotesque in glossy artistic endeavors, the precarious price of the literary culture, and the extraordinary value of realism for Adorno.
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