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Aesthetics and Politics (Radical Thinkers) by Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht, György Lukács, Ernst Bloch, Fredric Jameson

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Aesthetics and Politics (Radical Thinkers) No other country and no other period has produced a tradition of major aesthetic debate to compare with that which unfolded in German culture from the s to the s In Aesthetics and Politics the key texts of the great Marxist controversies over literature and art during these years are assembled in a single volume They do not form a disparate collection but a continuous interlinked debate between thinkers who have become giants of twentieth century intellectual history .

Discussing expressionism Ernst Bloch Realism in the balance Georg Luka cs Against Georg Lucka cs Bertolt Brecht Conversations with Brecht Walter Benjamin Letters to Walter Benjamin Theodor Adorno Reply Walter Benjamin Reconciliation under duress Commitment Theodor Adorno Reflections in conclusion Fredric Jameson

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