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The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory expounds the development of critical theory from its founding thinkers to its contemporary formulations in an interdisciplinary setting. It maps the terrain of a critical social theory, expounding its distinctive character vis-a-vis alternative theoretical perspectives, exploring its theoretical foundations and developments, conceptualising its subject matters both past and present, and signalling its possible future in a time of great uncertainty. Taking a distinctively theoretical, interdisciplinary, international and contemporary perspective on the topic, this wide-ranging collection of chapters is arranged thematically over three volumes: Volume I: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society Volume II: Themes Volume III: Contexts This Handbook is essential reading for scholars and students in the field, showcasing the scholarly rigor, intellectual acuteness and negative force of critical social theory, past and present.

Art, Technology, and Repetition
Art, Technology, and Repetition
Marina Vishmidt
Introduction

The Frankfurt School’s contribution to debates in the politics of cultural production and reception are widely acknowledged as among the most significant in Western Marxist critical theory, often standing in for, if not eclipsing, the whole of their project, especially in the sphere of Anglophone scholarship. This fascination often pivots around issues of art and technology, as the recent edited collection of Walter Benjamin’s radio programmes attests.

Deemed particularly indispensable are Theodor W. Adorno’s, as well as Adorno and Max Horkheimer’s, writings on the ‘culture industry’; Adorno’s texts on music; and his posthumous Aesthetic Theory. The list would also include numerous Walter Benjamin publications, prominently ‘The Work of Art in the Age ...

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