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By Nigel Mapp

Despite the new upsurge of curiosity in Theodor Adorno's paintings, his literary writings are normally under-represented. notwithstanding, literature is a valuable aspect in his aesthetic thought. Bringing jointly unique essays from a exclusive foreign team of individuals, this booklet deals a breathtaking account of the literary parts of Adorno's considering. It is split into 3 sections, facing the concept that of literature, with poetry, and with modernity and the unconventional respectively. even as, the ebook presents a transparent experience of the original features of Adorno's philosophy of literature by way of significantly concerning his paintings to a couple of different influential theorists and theories together with modern postmodernist conception and cultural studies.

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