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 and Revolution

Art and Revolution

Art and Revolution
Jasper Bernes

In the twentieth century, Marxist theories of art turned upon a number of important themes – totality, autonomy, mimesis – recorded in the historical literature and frequently debated even now. Mutually entangled, these concepts produce familiar oppositions: Theodor Adorno’s modernism against Walter Benjamin’s avant-gardism, György Lukács’s realism against Bertolt Brecht’s didactic theater. We may, however, reorganize our account of these critical concepts and the art and literary movements they take as their objects through a study of a less shopworn concept the above-mentioned terms imply: participation. Avant-garde and modern art movements conceived of themselves as emancipatory, in part, by imagining themselves enablers of mass cultural participation, aspiring to a totalizing abolition of the barriers ...

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