600 Geever (s)
Adorno and Political Aesthetics
LINKS OF IMPORT-IMPORTED LINKS
Then Bazerman-Hartman, Parrish-Ellison Document
Joseph Harris Document
Verstehen (essay on Adorno and Gee's Bend quilts)
TENTATIVE THESIS PROPOSAL
Joseph Geever for Dr. Stacey - Eng. 600
Using Theodor Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory as a grounding work this paper wants to awaken the beast of slumber: lethargic aesthetics. Adorno posits a very particular version of aesthetics that incorporates political stance, Frankfurt Marxism, elitism, and historical revision. Adorno does not want Kantian aesthetics – there is no zone of disinterest in Adorno’s world. Art becomes a form of resistance against Gramcian hegemony. And history is not so much wrong as falsely analyzed and interpreted. Each moment of history is itself, each moment needs its own aesthetics, and it is imperative that each generation constructs an Aesthetics that reflects its own history. History is not a linear monster of manifest destiny chugging onward, progressing, always moving and leaving bits behind; history is always pulsating solitary – involved in the future and the past, but only as far as either pertains to the immediacy of the present. Thus aesthetics is the discussion of what is culture now, and not a validation of what constituted culture then.
Combining Adorno’s thoughts with the work of Guy Debord, Walter Benjamin, Lionel Trilling, Samuel Beckett and Kathy Acker this paper will discuss a construction of aesthetics and what that entails (many pinwheels and pintails). Cultural representation is a key component in political power struggles, and a discussion of what constitutes culture and how is needed. There are many assumptions concerning art/culture written into this abstract and it will be the nature of this thesis to expound and discuss these assumptions and those inherent in our society at present.