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Asha Varadharajan

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 85: ‘Ideas with Broken Wings’:1 Critical Theory and Postcolonial Theory

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‘Ideas with Broken Wings’:1 Critical Theory and Postcolonial Theory
‘Ideas with Broken Wings’: Critical Theory and Postcolonial Theory
Asha Varadharajan
The Frankfurt School: Why Now?

In his 22 September 2014 essay in The New Yorker, Alex Ross wrote, ‘If Adorno were to look upon the cultural landscape of the twenty-first century, he might take grim satisfaction in seeing his fondest fears realized’. Two years later, Ross would comment, with both rue and bitterness in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, ‘I spoke too soon. His moment of vindication is arriving now’ (2016). Ross’s account of Adorno and Benjamin’s ‘skeptical ardor’ and ‘relentless scouring of mundane surfaces’ as well as his acuity in characterizing their contribution to thought as a ‘dialectic of ...

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