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Theorie der Avantgarde (Theory and History of Literature #4)

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Esta obra recorre el camino que va desde la historia hacia el estudio del arte. Lejos de postular un análisis que se condense en la institución-arte, y contra quienes ven en estas manifestaciones reflejos de esferas ajenas al arte, se erige una tercera vía que, al salirse del análisis de los objetos-arte, se preocupa por la relación entre estos y los discursos que los sost ...more
Paperback, edition suhrkamp, #727, 138 pages
Published 1974 by Suhrkamp
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May 14, 2010 Warren is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far a wonderfully informative formalization of the two competing literary/art theories of Adorno and Derrida. The book takes up the issue that aesthetic theory itself is mediated and thus must consider itself in relation to the production of the 'institution of art.'
Useful in highlighting how in multiple arts what was running parallel to modernism. While Burger's prose itself is turgid, the introduction by Schulte-Sasse does a good job opening up the implications of what Burger is saying about the historical boundedness of the AG, the limits of B's own theorizing, and his relationship to Derrida and other heavies. If you're interested in questions of whether or not political art is viable, the historicity of the terms we develop to define movements, and wha ...more
His ideas are interesting, but the writing is terribly jagged. Especially, his distinction between avant-garde art and modernist art helps understand how self-consciousness of modernist art was taken over by anti-art of avant-garde art. His theoretical analyses, in the Hegelian and Marxist currents, offer a comprehensive overview of the social status of art during the time. However, his selection of artworks is limited, and his accounts of the artworks lack convincing details.
Well that was very slow start; Actually a very slow, painful and dull start: those like me, unfamiliar with the contorted lexicon of marxist critical theory, might be tempted to re-shuffle their "to read" pile every time they face this one, which would definitely be a mistake since after the first chapter it turns out to be very much readable! So if you browse the reviews looking for a guiding hand that could encourage you from the other shore, take note: by the end of the second chapter at the ...more
Abdullah Basaran
Bürger's some critiques, esp. which are against Adorno, are quite well. Particularly, comments that over hermeneutics. Even though it is necessary that the book must update, it have continued to impact. Nevertheless, the book deserves 3-stars.
Carrie Lorig
fine. good for background. meh on actual ideas. don't read it unless you can talk about it with an awesome tiny all girl kick ass seminar league.
Jan 04, 2008 Megan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megan by: professor sullivan
I read this in a class on modernist aesthetics, and thought it was one of the most frustrating and inaccessible texts of the class - and we read a LOT of Adorno. Burger's major points are somewhat confused reworkings of Renato Poggioli's earlier text on the Avant-Garde (with the *same* title) as well as a reiteration of the major points of Adorno and Horkenheimer about society's consumption of culture and the difficulty/impossibility of producing art that can foment social change rather than be ...more
"Theory of the Avant-Garde (Theory & History of Literature, Vol. 4)" -Peter Bürger (1983)

Eh. That pretty much sums up how I feel about this book. I read it as a requirement for a course on Modernism and was required to write a precis and present it to my class in order to help add to our understanding in the course.

The book itself is not a horrible read, but it's a very long, time-consuming and dense one - one which took me five or six hours of reading... the language and concepts were comp
While not the most fun read, Theory of the Avant-Garde is enlightening, especially for some of the projects I'm currently working on. Despite the fact that it's in translation, it was a fairly accessible text, as far as theoretical texts of this nature go. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they are actually interested in or working with avant-garde and/or modernist texts.
Muito complexo para mim...pena que tenho de saber isto para uma frequência :(

No entanto não concordo a 100% quando Burger afirma que as primeiras vanguardas falharam mas concordo quando os primeiros movimentos da arte do século XX não criaram uma autonomia que tanto ambiciavam. A arte pela arte não foi conseguia totalmente, há sempre uma dependência social e política.
Tom Timmermans
Bürger is dismissive about the avant-gardes of his own time (those of 60's and 70's). This painfully contrasts his thorough research on the historical avant-garde, and therefore this book feels a bit dated at times.

It is also not the most pleasant read, even for an academic text.
I would have enjoyed this book more if we hadn't been assigned the book along with a 7 page minimum single spaced "essay" about 2 weeks before the semester was over. Although I may not have read it if this wasn't the case.
I'd like to read this again one day-first time I skimmed
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