Roll Over Adorno

Roll Over Adorno : Critical Theory, Popular Culture, Audiovisual Media

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What happens when Theodor Adorno, the champion of high, classical artists such as Beethoven, comes into contact with the music of Chuck Berry, the de facto king of rock 'n' roll? In a series of readings and meditations, Robert Miklitsch investigates the postmodern nexus between elite and popular culture as it occurs in the audiovisual fields of film, music, and television--ranging from Gershwin to gangsta rap, Tarantino to Tongues Untied, Tony Soprano to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Miklitsch argues that the aim of critical theory in the new century will be to describe and explain these commodities in ever greater phenomenological detail without losing touch with those evaluative criteria that have historically sustained both Kulturkritik and classical aesthetics.
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  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 476.28g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791467333
  • 9780791467336

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"The undercutting of the distinction between classical and rock music is one of the great insights of this book. Miklitsch sees how classical music is not really autonomous in the way that someone that Adorno would claim. It instead, suffers from the same heteronomy that infects rock music. By working to eliminate the barrier between high and low, the author helps to open us up to a whole new way of experiencing the aesthetic, a mode of experiencing that we must adopt in order to exist within contemporary culture."
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About Robert Miklitsch

Robert Miklitsch is Associate Professor of Critical Theory at Ohio University. He is the author of From Hegel to Madonna: Towards a General Economy of "Commodity Fetishism," also published by SUNY Press.
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