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Title Benjamin, Adorno, and the experience of literature / edited by Corey McCall and Nathan Ross
Published New York : Routledge, 2018
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Series Routledge studies in twentieth-century philosophy ; 43
Routledge studies in twentieth century philosophy ; 43
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Abbreviations; Introduction: Benjamin, Adorno, and the Experience of Literature; PART I Benjamin and Adorno: Literary Themes and Philosophical Debates; 1 Against the Reification of History: Benjamin and Adorno on Baudelaire; 2 Theatrum Philosophicum: Thinking Literature and Politics With Walter Benjamin; 3 Adorno and Beckett: Aesthetic Mimêsis and the Language of "The New"; 4 Abysmal Humanity: Anthropological Materialism in Georg Büchner and Walter Benjamin; PART II Kafka: "Fairy Tales for Dialecticians."
11 Walter Benjamin on Hölderlin's "Poetic Cosmos"12 Wo bist du, Nachdenkliches! Sobriety and Poetic Determinability in Hölderlin and Walser; 13 Ramble On: Robert Walser at the Limits of Critical Theory; List of Contributors; Index
5 Breaking Through the Mythic Organization of Life: On the Critique of Capitalism in Benjamin and Kafka6 The Virtue or Power of the Useless: Benjamin and Adorno on Kafka; 7 Discovering the Truth of Sancho Panza: The Meaning of Comedy in Adorno's and Benjamin's Divergent Readings of Don Quixote; PART III Proust: Recovering Experience; 8 Adorno and Proust: Memory, Childhood, and the Experiential Grounds of Social Criticism; 9 Seeing In, Seeing Through: Adorno and Proust; PART IV From Hölderlin to Walser: Poetic Afterlives; 10 Hölderlin's Aesthetic Critique of Modernity
Summary This collection features original essays that examine Walter Benjamin's and Theodor Adorno's essays and correspondence on literature. Taken together, the essays present the view that these two monumental figures of 20th-century philosophy were not simply philosophers who wrote about literature, but that they developed their philosophies in and through their encounters with literature.Benjamin, Adorno, and the Experience of Literature is divided into three thematic sections. The first section contains essays that directly demonstrate the ways in which literature enriched the thinking of Benjamin and Adorno. It explores themes that are recognized to be central to their thinking?mimesis, the critique of historical progress, and the loss and recovery of experience?through their readings of literary authors such as Baudelaire, Beckett, and Proust. The second section continues the trajectory of the first by bringing together four essays on Benjamin's and Adorno's reading of Kafka, whose work helped them develop a distinctive critique of and response to capitalism. The third and final section focuses more intently on the question of what it means to gain authentically critical insight into a literary work. The essays examine Benjamin's response to specific figures, including Georg Buc̈hner, Robert Walser, and Julien Green, whose work he sees as neglected, undigested, or misunderstood.This book offers a unique examination of two pivotal 20th-century philosophers through the lens of their shared experiences with literature. It will appeal to a wide range of scholars across philosophy, literature, and German studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed July 3, 2018)
Subject Adorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969 -- Knowledge -- Literature
Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940 -- Knowledge -- Literature
Adorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969.
Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940.
Literature -- Philosophy
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- German.
Literature -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
Author McCall, Corey, editor
Ross, Nathan, 1977- editor
ISBN 1315102730 (electronic bk.)
9781315102733 (electronic bk.)