The Fleeting Promise of Art: Adorno's Aesthetic Theory Revisited

The Fleeting Promise of Art: Adorno's Aesthetic Theory Revisited

Peter Uwe Hohendahl


A dialogue of Theodor Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory is sure to seem considerably varied at the present time than it will have seemed while the booklet was once first released in 1970, or while it first seemed in English translation within the Nineteen 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 idea nonetheless appropriate this present day? Hohendahl solutions this query with an emphatic definite. As he exhibits, a cautious analyzing of the paintings exposes diversified questions and arguments this present day than it did some time past. through the years Adorno’s drawback over the destiny of paintings in a past due capitalist society has met with every little thing from suspicion to indifference. partially this may be defined by means of relative unfamiliarity with the German dialectical culture in North the US. Today’s debate is healthier knowledgeable, extra multifaceted, and additional faraway from the quick aftermath of the chilly battle and of the shadow of postmodernism.

Adorno’s insistence at the radical autonomy of the paintings has a lot to supply modern discussions of artwork and the cultured 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 exhibits how appreciably transformative Adorno’s rules were and the way completely they've got formed present discussions in aesthetics. one of the subject matters he considers are the function of artwork in modernism and postmodernism, the reality claims of artistic endeavors, the functionality of the gruesome in sleek artistic endeavors, the precarious price of the literary culture, and the impressive importance of realism for Adorno.

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