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Politics and the Enigma of Art: The Meaning of Modernism for Adorno

Politics and the Enigma of Art: The Meaning of Modernism for Adorno <jats:p> David Ferris (University of Colorado-Boulder) explores Theodor Adorno's categorical rethinking of the legitimacy of art in his late Aesthetic Theory. Writing at a point when the modernity of Modernism seems to have faded, Adorno imagines an art that will not sever the preconditions of its existence and a mode of aesthetic reflection that aims to chart the conflicted, negative relationship of art to a past it appears to have dismissed. Adorno's resolutely negative mode of cognition, Ferris argues, may be the only strategy for preserving the possibility of aesthetics and/as politics at the exact moment when, in an emphatically formalist turn, art seems to have turned defiantly away from such a model. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Politics and the Enigma of Art: The Meaning of Modernism for Adorno

Modernist Cultures , Volume 1 (2): 192 – Oct 1, 2005

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press, 2010
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2041-1022
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1753-8629
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10.3366/E2041102209000112
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Abstract

<jats:p> David Ferris (University of Colorado-Boulder) explores Theodor Adorno's categorical rethinking of the legitimacy of art in his late Aesthetic Theory. Writing at a point when the modernity of Modernism seems to have faded, Adorno imagines an art that will not sever the preconditions of its existence and a mode of aesthetic reflection that aims to chart the conflicted, negative relationship of art to a past it appears to have dismissed. Adorno's resolutely negative mode of cognition, Ferris argues, may be the only strategy for preserving the possibility of aesthetics and/as politics at the exact moment when, in an emphatically formalist turn, art seems to have turned defiantly away from such a model. </jats:p>

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2005

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