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Lyric's Constellation, Poetry's Radical Privilege

Lyric's Constellation, Poetry's Radical Privilege <jats:p> Robert Kaufman (Stanford University) challenges trends in recent criticism that have tended to present and apply Walter Benjamin's and Theodor Adorno's theories and practices of the constellation and force-field as if these last stemmed primarily from interventionist Left critique of the aesthetic and the literary. Kaufman's essay “Lyric's Constellation, Poetry's Radical Privilege” shows that on the contrary, Benjamin and Adorno - while certainly holding no brief for “pure” formalist methodology - actually develop the constellation and force-field in urgent response to a kind of Left criticism that sloganeeringly maintains that works of art and culture are historically and sociopolitically determined. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Lyric's Constellation, Poetry's Radical Privilege

Modernist Cultures , Volume 1 (2): 209 – Oct 1, 2005

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press, 2010
ISSN
2041-1022
eISSN
1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/E2041102209000124
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Abstract

<jats:p> Robert Kaufman (Stanford University) challenges trends in recent criticism that have tended to present and apply Walter Benjamin's and Theodor Adorno's theories and practices of the constellation and force-field as if these last stemmed primarily from interventionist Left critique of the aesthetic and the literary. Kaufman's essay “Lyric's Constellation, Poetry's Radical Privilege” shows that on the contrary, Benjamin and Adorno - while certainly holding no brief for “pure” formalist methodology - actually develop the constellation and force-field in urgent response to a kind of Left criticism that sloganeeringly maintains that works of art and culture are historically and sociopolitically determined. </jats:p>

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2005

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