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Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 0262022702. Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 300 pages; Mylar Cover on dustjacket, Dust Jacket shows little sign of usage, Book Show Little Wear, Text is clean no markings seen.
VG-contents, clean and tight. Dj good+ with faded spine and a wrinkle but no chips/tears. Art school ex-lib. with usual marks. Green cloth/boards; black lettering. Green dj with white lettering. Mylar cover. xliii + 310 pp. with no illus. These essays in aesthetics by the philosopher Ernst Bloch belong to the tradition of cultural criticism represented by Georg Lukács, Theodor Adorno, and Walter Benjamin. Bloch's fascination with art as a reflection of both social realities and human dreams is evident in them. Whether he is discussing architecture or detective novels, the theme that drives the work is always the same-the striving for "something better, " for a "homeland" that is more socially aware, more humane, more just. The book opens with an illuminating discussion between Bloch and Adorno on the meaning of utopia; then follow 12 essays written between 1930 and 1973, on topics as diverse as aesthetic theory, genres such as music, painting, theater, film, opera, poetry, and the novel, and perhaps most important, popular culture in the form of fairy tales, detective stories, and dime novels. Ernst Bloch (1885-1977) was a profoundly original and unorthodox philosopher, social theorist, and cultural critic.
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