Aesthetics and Politics

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Verso, 1980 - Aesthetics - 220 pages
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Presented here are they texts of the Marxist controversies over literature and art that involved Ernst Bloch, Georg Lukacs, Bertolt Brecht, Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adomo.

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User Review  - Shawn - Goodreads

Read this for my Marxist Cultural Theory course. It is an amazing text, and a wonderful introduction to the writings of the Frankfurt School. Read full review

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To quote Jameson's Conclusion to this volume: "It is not only political history which those who ignore are condemned to repeat. ... Nowhere has this 'return of the repressed' been more dramatic than ... Read full review


Georg Lukacs Realism in the Balance
Presentation II
Walter Benjamin Conversations with Brecht
Presentation III
Walter Benjamin Reply
Theodor Adorno Reconciliation under Duress
Theodor Adorno Commitment
Fredric Jameson Reflections in Conclusion

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Ernst Bloch ranks as a major German Marxist philosopher. Beginning his career as author and teacher during World War I, he moved in the orbit of Marxist thought during the 1920s. In 1933 he left Germany and eventually found his way to the United States, where he created his major work The Principle of Hope. After World War II, he settled in East Germany, where from 1948 to 1957 he was professor at the University of Leipzig. His work eventually aroused the hostility of the authorities, and in 1961 he was granted political asylum in West Germany. Bloch departed from orthodox Marxism by attending to the problem of intellectual culture and refraining from treating it merely as superstructure determined by the materialist elements of political economy. Emphasizing the role of hope-as an inner drive, or hunger, in human beings-for a possible ideal future order, Bloch's thought may be described as utopian, involving the realization of a religious community akin to the kingdom of God, where people are no longer exploited but are free. Bloch's style echoes recent expressionism and is also rich in mystical overtones of biblical origin. Bloch died in 1977.

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