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Regardless of the new upsurge of curiosity in Theodor Adorno's paintings, his literary writings are often under-represented. notwithstanding, literature is a vital aspect in his aesthetic thought. Bringing jointly unique essays from a wonderful foreign crew of individuals, this e-book bargains a panoramic account of the literary elements of Adorno's considering. <B>It is split into 3 sections, facing the concept that of literature, with poetry, and with modernity and the unconventional respectively. while, the ebook presents a transparent feel of the original traits of Adorno's philosophy of literature via significantly touching on his paintings to a couple of different influential theorists and theories together with modern postmodernist idea and cultural reports.

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As art ... stands in an antithetical relationship to Cultural Theory and Literary Value 27 the status quo' (NL1: 224). Our final section suggests how such claims help us to appreciate Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go, and shows in practice why it is still worth thinking with, and against, Adorno. THE CRITIC AND THE 'MASS' Never a central point of reference in Anglo-American literary studies, Adorno's work has become even more marginalized with the advent of a cultural studies perspective.

This 22 Adorno and Literature logic of regression is completely inappropriate here. In fact, this privilege of literature becomes a myth insofar as it insists on this hereditary privilege. As such, the mythic privilege of literature as an art becomes an object that needs to be critically dissolved in order to reveal the fully disjunctive constellation of art and the arts. CONCLUSION Adorno offers an alternative, critical account of the modern system of the arts and its contemporary crisis as well as of the position of literature within it.

Inexhaustibility, endless renewal and the permanence of what they signify are not only attributes of all symbols, but their true content. (DE: 12; GS 3: 33) It is in terms of this primal form of language that the concept of art and the arts is grounded, with poetry as the originary form of art, which breaks down into the other arts through a process of rationalization: With the clean separation between science [Wissenschaft]and poetry [Dichtung]the division of labour which science had helped to establish was extended to language [Sprache].

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