Aesthetics and Politics
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.
Georg Lukacs Realism in the Balance
Walter Benjamin Conversations with Brecht
Walter Benjamin Reply
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19th century abstract Adorno aesthetic alienation appearance Arcades Arcades project Art Nouveau artistic attitude autonomous avant-garde Balzac become Benjamin Bloch bourgeois bourgeoisie Brecht Brechtian capitalism character Charles Baudelaire classical Comintern commitment commodity completely concept concrete consciousness contemporary critical critique cultural debate decadence dialectical image Eisler elements Ernst Bloch essay essence experience Expres Expressionism Expressionists fact fascism film formal Georg Lukacs German Heinrich Mann historical human idea ideological immediacy individual intellectual Kafka literary literature Lukacs Lukacs's Marx Marxist means mediations merely modern art modernist modernist literature montage movement nature novel objective philosophy play poem political popular art Popular Front position precisely problem production proletariat purely question reality reification relationship revolutionary Sartre Sartre's sionism social socialist realism society Soviet struggle style Surrealism technique theatre theoretical theory things Thomas Mann tion totality traditional truth Walter Benjamin writers