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New German Critique (2018) 45 (1 (133)): 111–154.
Published: 01 February 2018
... Auerbach’s theory of the figure in relation to the historiographical innovations of Walter Benjamin and Aby Warburg, the revival of seriality in modernist aesthetics, and the narrative forms of twentieth-century literature, it argues that Auerbach’s work was shaped more significantly by modernist aesthetics...
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New German Critique (2008) 35 (2 (104)): 71–102.
Published: 01 August 2008
... of aesthetic imperatives. Richard Taruskin's critique of “historically-informed performances” has allied them with modernist aesthetics, but there are many problems with such an approach, not least the denunciation of such performances from many modernists, for instance, Adorno and Pierre Boulez. Music permits...
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New German Critique (2013) 40 (1 (118)): 43–64.
Published: 01 February 2013
...” was guilty of the same crime. The industrial production of images was designed to pacify and control the masses. For both Mann and Schoenberg, a return to the Bible through modernist aesthetics could help recuperate myth from its misuse and thus restore a healthy polity. © 2013 by New German Critique, Inc...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (2 (143)): 43–61.
Published: 01 August 2021
... understanding of “spiritual experience [ geistige Erfahrung ]” as a more than merely theoretical matrix for what Adorno, in Negative Dialectics and the lecture courses, calls his materials studies. Rather than indicating largely esoteric or theosophical elements in Kandinsky’s influence on modernist aesthetic...
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New German Critique (2015) 42 (1 (124)): 163–188.
Published: 01 February 2015
... of the Fishermen of St. Barbara at the intersection of modernism and workers' movement literature and argues that such literature should be understood as part of a broadly conceived literary modernism. Reorienting modernist aesthetics toward a poetics of collectivity and viewing modernity through a spatial poetics...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (2 (122)): 67–82.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Daniel Morgan Miriam Hansen's idea of vernacular modernism explains the global appeal of classical Hollywood cinema by drawing on its affinity with modernist aesthetics. She argues that cinema's modernism is part of a widespread mass culture response to the changing features of modern life...
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New German Critique (2015) 42 (1 (124)): 223–237.
Published: 01 February 2015
... in modernist aesthetic theory. One could argue that for the perhaps most influential (postwar) modernist aesthetic, that of Adorno, it is no longer the category of the beautiful that is decisive but a postmetaphysical concept of the sublime.19 “After the fall of beauty,” Adorno writes in his Aes- thetic...
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New German Critique (2018) 45 (3 (135)): 1–38.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Parker Everett Abstract Two architects, Adolf Loos in 1908 and Walter Gropius in 1924, and the architecture critic Alexander Schwab in 1930 (under the pseudonym Albert Sigrist) all advocated for the austere aesthetics of modernist architecture. For Loos, ornamentation was a sign of regression...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (2 (143)): 1–4.
Published: 01 August 2021
... at a moment in art history when the modernist values its author cherished were falling into eclipse and competing movements (such as pop art and postmodernism) were already ascendant. In yet another instance of the aging of the avant-garde, Adorno’s aesthetic criteria came to seem antiquated right...
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New German Critique (2014) 41 (2 (122)): 83–95.
Published: 01 August 2014
..., to test its limits, to consider what it may still tell us and how we may still use it meaningfully. To briefly summarize, the concept of vernacular modernism suggests a modality and engagement with modernity, rather than a style. For Hansen, modernist aesthetics will “encompass cultural...
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New German Critique (2012) 39 (1 (115)): 169–197.
Published: 01 February 2012
...Patrizia McBride This article examines the discourse and practice of photography enacted in Weimar Germany's modernist photobook as a testing ground for the medium's narrative potential. This project involved the attempt to stake out an aesthetics that exploited photography's aptitude for exact...
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New German Critique (2017) 44 (2 (131)): 201–227.
Published: 01 August 2017
... to negative biopolitics, which sought to improve national health by removing unhealthy opposition. Both the structures of imperialism and the specter of degeneration should be credited with a pre-Nazi merger of sovereignty and biopolitics, which affected aesthetics no less than eugenics. Modernist music...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (2 (143)): 85–105.
Published: 01 August 2021
... on landscape, alienation, and song. Throughout the recurrences of the trope of landscape in Adorno’s writings before Aesthetic Theory , the philosophy of nature and history and experiences of tourism and exile constellate into an aesthetic that contemplates sublimity and kitsch side by side: modernist...
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New German Critique (2009) 36 (1 (106)): 83–101.
Published: 01 February 2009
... lie in Simmel's deep ambivalence toward the new forms of experience he describes? And does this ambivalence legitimate his historically transitional status in the history of modernist thought, ceding the role of critic of modern life to Georg Lukács, Theodor W. Adorno, and Walter Benjamin...
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New German Critique (2021) 48 (2 (143)): 107–123.
Published: 01 August 2021
...; conversely, unlike the mathematical and dynamic sublime in Immanuel Kant’s aesthetics, modernist artworks are intended as difficult objects of sustained visual attention . The modernist sublime is thereby a formation of beauty. 2 Second, the function of beauty here is to generate an authoritative...
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New German Critique (2016) 43 (1 (127)): 37–58.
Published: 01 February 2016
... with poems like “Erst wenn” and “Ostafrika,” this essay contextualizes Benn's colonial turn in the primitivist/modernist poetics of his earlier Rönne novellas and his brief turn to a fascist aesthetic in essays of the early 1930s. His primitivist poetic fantasy of the “Southern Word” becomes an imaginary...
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New German Critique (2016) 43 (3 (129)): 155–173.
Published: 01 November 2016
... the wounded or broken character of musical modernism and the experience of creaturely suffering. The modernist artwork leaves behind any aesthetic of “heroism” and emerges, as if from a disaster, with bodily injuries that can never be healed. Wounded Modernism: Adorno on Wagner...
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New German Critique (2017) 44 (1 (130)): 169–203.
Published: 01 February 2017
... monuments to the memory of a tabooed and increasingly marginalized avant-garde. They seem to provide a domesticated means of survival for a modernist and formalist aesthetic aggressively condemned by the state. Rediscovered in Glöckner’s Dresden studio during preparation for a 2009 exhibition...
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New German Critique (2022) 49 (2 (146)): 107–132.
Published: 01 August 2022
...Barbara N. Nagel The attention that the Swiss modernist writer Robert Walser pays to domestic violence can be regarded as exceptional. So why does child abuse still remain a blind spot in the scholarship on Walser? This article discerns techniques that Walser uses to render family violence...
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New German Critique (2020) 47 (3 (141)): 99–140.
Published: 01 November 2020
... . “ Architecture between Modernity and Dwelling: Reflections on Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory .” Assemblage , no. 17 ( 1992 ): 78 – 91 . Heynen Hilde . “ ‘Leaving Traces’: Anonymity in the Modernist House .” In Designing the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today , edited by Sparke Penny...
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