Aesthetics of Negativity: Blanchot, Adorno, and Autonomy by William Allen

By William Allen

Maurice Blanchot and Theodor W. Adorno are one of the such a lot tricky but in addition the main profound thinkers in twentieth-century aesthetics. whereas their equipment and views fluctuate greatly, they proportion a priority with the negativity of the paintings conceived by way of both its adventure and threat or its severe expression. Such negativity is neither nihilistic nor pessimistic yet issues the prestige of the paintings and its autonomy when it comes to its context or its adventure. For either Blanchot and Adorno negativity is the most important to figuring out the prestige of the paintings in post-Kantian aesthetics and, even though it shows how artwork expresses serious chances, albeit negatively, it additionally exhibits that artwork bears an irreducible ambiguity such that its that means can consistently negate itself. This ambiguity takes on an further fabric value while thought of with regards to language because the negativity of the paintings turns into aesthetic within the extra experience of being either good and experimental, and in doing so the language of the literary paintings turns into a kind of considering that allows materiality to be suggestion in its ambiguity.

In a chain of wealthy and compelling readings, William S. Allen exhibits how an unique and rigorous mode of considering arises inside of Blanchot’s early writings and the way Adorno’s aesthetics relies on a relation among language and materiality that has been largely neglected. additionally, via reconsidering the matter of the independent murals by way of literature, a important factor in modernist aesthetics is given a better severe and fabric relevance as a style of considering that's summary and urban, rigorous and ambiguous. whereas examples of this sort of writing are available within the works of Blanchot and Beckett, the calls for that such texts position on readers simply determine the demanding situations and the probabilities that literary autonomy poses to thought.

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