The Frankfurt School of Critical Theory - Introduction to Theory of Literature - Professor Paul Fry - Lecture 17 of 26 - Video-lecture

Video-lecture, Literature

Description: The theoretical writings of Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin are explored in historical and political contexts, including Marxism, socialist realism, and late capitalism. The concept of mechanical reproduction, specifically the relationship between labor and art, is explained at some length. Adorno's opposition to this argument, and his own position, are explained. The lecture concludes with a discussion of Benjamin's perspective on the use of distraction and shock in the process of aesthetic revelation
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