Aesthetics and Politics

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Verso, 1980 - Aesthetics - 220 pages
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No other country and no other period has produced a tradition of major aesthetic debate to compare with that which unfolded in German culture from the 1930s to the 1950s. In Aesthetics and Politics the key texts of the great Marxist controversies over literature and art during these years are assembled in a single volume. They do not form a disparate collection but a continuous, interlinked debate between thinkers who have become giants of twentieth-century intellectual history.

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User Review  - Marcel Ozymantra - Goodreads

To be honest, I don't have an academic background and this is the first time I've read a book like this. Considering lots of the difficult words that are being used. Words of which the meaning, even ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fianna Aoife - Goodreads

This has been one of the most influential books I've read on material culture, literature and the effect of art on society. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. 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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About the author (1980)

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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