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The Sense of Semblance: Philosophical Analyses of Holocaust Art

Henry W. Pickford


Holocaust artworks intuitively must fulfill at least two criteria: artistic (lest they be merely historical documents) and historical (lest they distort the Holocaust or become merely artworks). The book locates this problematic within philosophical aesthetics, as a version of the conflict between aesthetic autonomy and heteronomy, and argues that Adorno’s dialectic of aesthetic semblance describes the normative demand that artworks maintain a dynamic tension between the two. It aims to move beyond familiar debates surrounding postmodernism by demonstrating the usefulness of contemporary theor ... More

Keywords: Holocaust, Aesthetics, Theodor W. Adorno, Paul Celan, Memorials, Heimrad Bäcker, Claude Lanzmann, Art Spiegelman, Jean-Paul Sartre, Testimony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823245406
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245406.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry W. Pickford, author
University of Colorado, Boulder