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Adorno in America

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“For those inclined to dismiss Adorno’s take on America as the uncomprehending condescension of a mandarin elitist, David Jenemann’s splendid new book will come as a rude awakening. Exploiting a wealth of new sources, he persuasively shows the depth of Adorno’s engagement with the culture industry and the complexity of his reaction to it.” —Martin Jay, Sidney Hellman Ehrma ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 2nd 2007 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 2007)
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Matthew Linton
David Jenemann's "Adorno in America" is a corrective work which attempts to recast Adorno as a pro-American, forward-thinking aesthetician instead of the elitist traditional European philosopher he often portrayed as being. "Adorno in America" is one of many new books on Adorno which attempt to grapple with his ideas in the context of his biography of which Lorenz Jaeger's impressive biography of Adorno's political beliefs is the most successful.

Regrettably, "Adorno in America" is neither a con
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Penny
Feb 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Is it funnier that Horkheimer signed off his telegrams "Alright" or that the FBI, while investigating his potentially 'subversive' activities, gave him "Alright" as an alias?


OR, that they also knew him as 'Harkheimer'?

Too soon to tell.
Megan
Dec 07, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in critical theory of culture industry/mass culture
Theodor Adorno's criticism of the individual American's blind eye to being over stimulated by advertising and the effects - as translated positively by David Jenneman.

This is a great book on Adorno's thought if you want to get an idea of what he's about without reading too much of his own work.
David
Sep 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Read a few chapters from a professor's copy. Seems readers of Adorno need to read this in order to understand what he did for work while living in America.
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