The utopian function of art and literature : selectd essays

Ernst Bloch ; translated by Jack Zipes and Frank Mecklenburg

These essays in aesthetics by the philosopher Ernst Bloch belong to the tradition of cultural criticism represented by Georg Lukacs, Theodor Adorno, and Walter Benjamin. Bloch's fascination with art as a reflection of both social realities and human dreams is evident in them. Whether he is discussing architecture or detective novels, the theme that drives the work is always the same - the striving for "something better," for a "homeland" that is more socially aware, more humane, more just.The book opens with an illuminating discussion between Bloch and Adorno on the meaning of utopia; then follow 12 essays written between 1930 and 1973, on topics as diverse as aesthetic theory, genres such as music, painting, theater, film, opera, poetry, and the novel, and perhaps most important, popular culture in the form of fairy tales, detective stories, and dime novels.Ernst Bloch (1885-1977) was a profoundly original and unorthodox philosopher, social theorist, and cultural critic. The MIT Press has previously published his Natural Law and Human Dignity and his magnum opus, The Principle of Hope. The Utopian Function of Art and Literature is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

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書名 The utopian function of art and literature : selectd essays
著作者等 Bloch, Ernst
Mecklenburg, Frank
Zipes, Jack
シリーズ名 Studies in contemporary German social thought
出版元 MIT Press
刊行年月 c1988
版表示 New ed
ページ数 xliii, 310 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0262022702
NCID BA01274774
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言語 英語
原文言語 ドイツ語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国