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

2014.05.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Uwe Hohendahl, The Fleeting Promise of Art: Adorno's Aesthetic Theory Revisited, Cornell University Press, 2013,
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2014.05.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Uwe Hohendahl, The Fleeting Promise of Art: Adorno's Aesthetic Theory Revisited, Cornell University Press, 2013, 184pp., $26.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780801478987. Reviewed by Owen Hulatt, University of York This book comprises five chapters, which address various particular issues in Adorno's aesthetic theory. The book's 'defense of . . . but not an apology' (p. 19) for Adorno's aesthetics, and its contemporary relevance, is pursued not through delivering a systematic overview of it, but through a collection of essays on particular features of Adorno's work, many based on previously published papers. This works to the book's advantage, insofar as it does not attempt to systematize a body of work that -- as Peter Uwe Hohendahl points out -- often conducts itself through the strength and depth of its engagement with particular issues and opponents. The substantial. . .

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