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Author Helmling, Steven, 1947-

Title Adorno's poetics of critique / Steven Helmling
Published London ; New York : Continuum, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 199 pages)
Series Continuum studies in continental philosophy
Continuum studies in continental philosophy.
Contents Cathecting philosophy -- Rewriting the dialectic -- Writing it new -- Narrative and its discontents
Summary Adorno's Poetics of Critique is a critical study of the Marxist culture-critic Theodor W. Adorno, a founding member of the Frankfurt school and widely regarded today as its most brilliant exponent. Steven Helmling is centrally concerned with Adorno's notoriously difficult writing, a feature most commentators acknowledge only to set it aside on the way to an expository account of 'what Adorno is saying'. By contrast, Adorno's complex writing is the central focus of this study, which includes detailed analysis of Adorno's most complex texts, in particular his most famous and complicated work, co-authored with Max Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment. Helmling argues that Adorno's key motifs - dialectic, concept, negation, immanent critique, constellation - are prescriptions not merely for critical thinking, but also for critical writing. For Adorno the efficacy of critique is conditioned on how the writing of critique is written. Both in theory and in practice, Adorno urges a 'poetics of critique' that is every bit as critical as anything else in his 'critical theory'"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-193) and index
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Subject Adorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969.
Critical theory.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0826440843 (electronic bk.)
9780826440846 (electronic bk.)