Aesthetics and Politics

Aesthetics and Politics

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An intense and lively debate on literature and art between thinkers who became some of the great figures of twentieth-century philosophy and literature

No other country and no other period has produced a tradition of major aesthetic debate to compare with that which unfolded in German culture from the 1930s to the 1950s. In Aesthetics and Politics the key texts of the great Marxist controversies over literature and art during these years are assembled in a single volume. They do not form a disparate collection but a continuous, interlinked debate between thinkers who have become giants of twentieth-century intellectual history.

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  • These are key texts in the study of modernism, of expressionist drama and of realism, and of many closesly related general questions. ... It is genuinely an indispensable volume.

    Raymond Williams
  • This is vital reading for anyone concerned with the relationship between art and socialism.

    John Fowles
  • Unlike conventional anthologies of Marxist writings on art, Aestheticand Politics has the form of an intellectual epic, presented as a series of mutual confronations between its protagonists.

    Telos