Aesthetics and Politics by Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt

By Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, Georg Lukacs

Offered listed below are they texts of the Marxist controversies over literature and paintings that concerned Ernst Bloch, Georg Lukacs, Bertolt Brecht, Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adomo.

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Lukacs against Bloch S8 fonn and without any setbacks. Criticism must be based, however, an accurate and profound understanding of the realities of history, Since it was the age of imperialism which created the most obstacles to progress and democracy in the spheres of both politics culture, a trenchant analysis of the decadent manifestations of period - political, cultural and artistic - is an essential prerequisite any breakthrough to a genuinely popular culture. A campaign realism, whether conscious or not, and a resultant impoverishment isolation of literature and art is one of the crucial manifestations decadence in the realm of art.

More generally, many of the most radical innovations within German culture after 1918 had been first developed in the theatte. Brecht stressed the indispensable need for experimentation in the arts, and the necessary freedom of the artist to be allowed to fail, or only partially to succeed, as the price of the invention of new aesthetic devices in any transitional epoch of history. Interior monologue, montage, or mixture of genres . within a single work were all permissible and fruitful, so long as they were disciplined by a watchful truthfulness to social reality.

Why? Because I do not by any means consider it to be merely a 'phenomenon' and stick a label on it. Realists who are willing to learn and look for the practical side of things could learn a great deal from it. 3 Frankly I mysel f learn more easily where prob­ lems similar to my own are tackled. Not to beat about the bush I learn with more difficulty (less) from Tolstoy and Balzac. They had t master 3 � Ge�rg Kaiser, Leo Sternberg, Ernst Toller and Reinha rd Goering were all expressionist playwrights and authors of the immediate post-W orld War One period.

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