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Adorno Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts

Adorno Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts
Geoff Boucher

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction | Atonal philosophy
Chapter 1 | Negative dialectics
Chapter 2 | Adorno’s history of modernism
Chapter 3 | Aesthetic theory
Chapter 4 | Adorno today
Further reading

Author Info

Geoff Boucher is Senior Lecturer at the School of Communication and the Creative Arts, Deakin University, Australia.


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Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Series: Contemporary Thinkers Reframed

ISBN: 9781848859470
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2012
Number of Pages: 160
Height: 174
Width: 124
Illustrations: Illustrations

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