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Aesthetics of Negativity$
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William S. Allen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823269280

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823269280.001.0001

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The Obscurities of Artistic Innovation

The Obscurities of Artistic Innovation

(p.58) 2 The Obscurities of Artistic Innovation
Aesthetics of Negativity

William S. Allen

Fordham University Press

A criticism of the conception of literary autonomy has arisen in the work of Bernstein, which usefully brings together the works of Blanchot and the early Romantics, but misreads the material nature of literature developed in their works and the manner in which it exists by contesting its own time. By responding to this critique, it is possible to draw out the continuity between the post-Kantian generation of thinkers and writers and Blanchot’s works by addressing the material basis of autonomy, which is developed further by showing how Adorno’s work on aesthetics is oriented around a complex dialectics of form and material that emerges from his early studies of music.

Keywords:   aesthetics, autonomy, formal, innovation, material

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