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The Fleeting Promise of Art: Adorno's Aesthetic Theory Revisited

Peter Uwe Hohendahl


This book reexamines Theodor Adorno's Aesthetic Theory along with his other writings on aesthetics in light of the unexpected return of the aesthetic to today's cultural debates. Is Adorno's aesthetic theory still relevant today? This question is answered with an emphatic yes. As the book shows, a careful reading of the work exposes different questions and arguments today than it did in the past. Over the years Adorno's concern over the fate of art in a late capitalist society has met with everything from suspicion to indifference. In part this could be explained by relative unfamiliarity with ... More

Keywords: artwork, Theodor Adorno, Aesthetic Theory, autonomy of art, art market, culture industry, postmodernism, aesthetics, modernism, realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452369
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452369.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Uwe Hohendahl, author
Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature, Cornell University

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