Feminist interpretations of Theodor Adorno

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Adorno is often left out of the “canon” of influences on contemporary feminist theory, but these essays show that his work can provide valuable material for feminist thinking about a wide range of issues.

Theodor Adorno was a leading scholar of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany, otherwise known as the Frankfurt School. With Max Horkheimer he contributed to the advance of critical theorizing about Enlightenment philosophy and modernity. Inflected by Kant, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud, Adorno’s thinking defies easy categorization. Ranging across the disciplines of philosophy, musicology, and sociology, his work has had an impact in many fields. His Dialectic of Enlightenment (written with Max Horkheimer) was profoundly influential as a critique of fascistic and authoritarian impulses in Enlightenment thinking in the context of late capitalism.

Questions addressed in the volume range from dilemmas in feminist aesthetic theory to the politics of suffering and democratic theory. The essays are exemplary as works in interdisciplinary scholarship, covering a wide range of issues and ideas in feminism as authors critically interpret the many facets of Adorno’s work. They take Adorno’s historical situatedness as a scholar into consideration while exploring the relevance of his ideas for post-Enlightenment feminist theory. His philosophical and cultural investigations inspire reconsideration of Enlightenment principles as well as a rethinking of “postmodern” ideas about identity and the self.

Feminist Interpretations of Theodor Adorno will introduce feminists to Adorno’s work and Adorno scholars to modes of feminist critique. It will be especially valuable for senior undergraduate and graduate courses in contemporary political, social, and cultural theory. In addition to the editor, contributors are Paul Apostolidis, Mary Caputi, Rebecca Comay, Jennifer Eagan, Mary Ann Franks, Eva Geulen, Sora Han, Andrew Hewitt, Gillian Howie, Lisa Yun Lee, Bruce Martin, and Lambert Zuidervaart.

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table_of_contents Introduction: feminism and negative dialectics / Renée Heberle -- Adorno's siren song / Rebecca Comay -- A feminine dialectic of enlightenment? Horkheimer and Adorno revisited / Andrew Hewitt -- "No happiness without fetishism": Minima Moralia as Ars Amandi / Eva Geulen -- The bared-breasts incident / Lisa Yun Lee -- Mimetic moments: Adorno and ecofeminism / D. Bruce Martin -- Intersectional sensibility and the shudder / Sora Y. Han -- An-aesthetic theory: Adorno, sexuality, and memory / Mary Anne Franks -- Living with negative dialectics: feminism and the politics of suffering / Renée Heberle -- Negative dialectics and inclusive communication / Paul Apostolidis -- Feminist politics and the culture industry: Adorno's critique revisited / Lambert Zuidervaart -- Unfreedom, suffering, and the culture industry: what Adorno can contribute to a feminist ethics / Jennifer L. Eagan -- Unmarked and unrehearsed: Theodor Adorno and the performance art of Cindy Sherman -- The economy of the same: identity, equivalence, and exploitation / Gillian Howie.
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