Thursday, April 4, 2013

Commodity Aesthetics

Week 1 - Commodity Aesthetics

*Theodor W. Adorno, "The Fetish Character of Music and the Regression in Listening"
*Adorno, "Letters to Walter Benjamin" 
*Karl Marx, "The Fetishism of the Commodity and its Secret"


This five-week reading group will examine Adorno's psychoanalytic writings on the following

Commodity Aesthetics
Character and Capitalism
Propaganda: Psychoanalysis in Reverse
Prejudice: A Social Disease
Art and Fantasy

Readings will be primarily drawn from Adorno's extensive work in social psychology, as well as Marx, Freud, Thomas Mann and psychoanalysts who were his contemporary.


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