Aesthetics & Politics: Debates Between Bloch, Lukacs, Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno - Ernst Bloch, Georg Lukacs, Bertolt Brecht, Walter Benjamin & Theodor AdornoVerso, 1980, Paperback.
Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers, wrappers faded at the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.
First in this, paperback, edition.
From the cover: “Ever since Baumgarten and Winckelmann, Germany has been the classical land of aesthetic thought in Europe. In the 20th century, Marxism itself has repeated the rule. No other country has produced a tradition of major aesthetic debate to compare with that which unfolded in German culture from the thirties to the fifties. The key texts of these great Marxist controversies over literature and art are now, for the first time anywhere outside Germany, assembled in a coherent order. They do not form a conventional collection of separate documents but a continuous debate between their dramatis personae. In exile before the war, Bloch and Lukacs polemicized against each other over the nature of expressionism. Brecht attacked Lukacs for literary formalism. Benjamin disputed over classical and modern works of art with Brecht. Adorno criticized Benjamin’s hermeneutics, and challenged Brecht’s poetics and Lukacs’s politics. The multilateral exchanges which resulted have a variety and eloquence without rival. Fredric Jameson, Professor of French at Yale University and author of Marxism and Form and The Prison House of Language, sums up their paradoxical lessons for art and criticism today, in an essay of theoretical conclusion. Aesthetics and Politics will provide a pole of reference and a source of illumination to students of literature throughout the English-speaking world.”