Dismissed as a miserable elitist who condemned popular culture in the name of 'high art', Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) is one of the most provocative and important yet least understood of contemporary thinkers. This book challenges this popular image and re-examines Adorno as a utopian philosopher who believed authentic art could save the world. Adorno Reframed is not only a comprehensive introduction to the reader coming to Adorno for the first time, but also an important re-evaluation of this founder of the Frankfurt School. Using a wealth of concrete illustrations from popular culture, Geoffrey Boucher recasts Adorno as a revolutionary whose subversive irony and profoundly historical aesthetics defended the integrity of the individual against social totality.
Introduction | Atonal philosophy
Chapter 1 | Negative dialectics
Chapter 2 | Adorno’s history of modernism
Chapter 3 | Aesthetic theory
Chapter 4 | Adorno today
Geoff Boucher is Senior Lecturer at the School of Communication and the Creative Arts, Deakin University, Australia.
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Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Series: Contemporary Thinkers ReframedPaperback
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2012
Number of Pages: 160