Aesthetics of Negativity: Blanchot, Adorno, and Autonomy - download pdf or read online

By William Allen

ISBN-10: 0823269280

ISBN-13: 9780823269280

Maurice Blanchot and Theodor W. Adorno are one of the so much tricky but additionally the main profound thinkers in twentieth-century aesthetics. whereas their equipment and views vary generally, they percentage a priority with the negativity of the art conceived when it comes to both its event and risk or its serious expression. Such negativity is neither nihilistic nor pessimistic yet matters the prestige of the art and its autonomy relating to its context or its adventure. For either Blanchot and Adorno negativity is the main to knowing the prestige of the paintings in post-Kantian aesthetics and, even though it exhibits how artwork expresses serious probabilities, albeit negatively, it additionally exhibits that artwork bears an irreducible ambiguity such that its that means can continually negate itself. This ambiguity takes on an further fabric importance whilst thought of when it comes to language because the negativity of the paintings turns into aesthetic within the additional feel of being either brilliant and experimental, and in doing so the language of the literary paintings turns into a kind of pondering that allows materiality to be inspiration in its ambiguity.

In a chain of wealthy and compelling readings, William S. Allen indicates how an unique and rigorous mode of pondering arises inside of Blanchot’s early writings and the way Adorno’s aesthetics depends upon a relation among language and materiality that has been largely neglected. moreover, through reconsidering the matter of the self reliant murals by way of literature, a important factor in modernist aesthetics is given a better severe and fabric relevance as a method of pondering that's summary and urban, rigorous and ambiguous. whereas examples of this type of writing are available within the works of Blanchot and Beckett, the calls for that such texts position on readers merely verify the demanding situations and the chances that literary autonomy poses to thought.

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