Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Power

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INDEX
Adam, Peter, 98-99
Adorno, Theodor W.: Aesthetic Theory, 24-25, 77, 78; on American mass culture, 55-58, 189, 198-99, 200; contrasted with Benjamin, 37, 113, 116, 237; criticisms of Benjamin by, 95, 166, 171, 218, 220-23, 225, 233, 234, 258 n.45; Dialectic of Enlighten ment, 56, 208; In Search of Wagner, 72-73, 102-3; Zeitschrift für Sozialfbrschung, 63
aesthetic autonomy: Adorno's defense of, 24-25, 55-58, 102-3, 221-22, 233-34, 237; Benjamin's defense of, 37-40, 86-90; dismissal of, in fascist art, 103-4; historical approach to, 17, 29, 53-54, 143-44, 184; nineteenth-century erosion of, 72-73, 93-97, 182-83; Sontag's defense of, 32-33; surrealist attack on, 18-23, 251 n.12. See also aestheticism; aesthetic politics; autonomous politics; autonomy
aesthetic experience: Adorno's faith in survival of, 55, 220-21, 233; Benjamin's postaesthetic theory of, 91, 126, 148-49, 218-20, 234; high status of, in German intellectual tradition, 29; mechanical reproduction of, 60, 143-44, 220, 223; political spectacle as, 2, 51, 74, 98; Schmitt's conflation of, with politics, 44-45
aestheticism: avant-garde challenge to, 18-19, 20; Benjamin's attack on, 39-40, 79, 172-74, 226, 251 n.12; Eisenstein's attack on, 255 n.18; fascist, 14-18, 53, 90-91, 93-98, 100-101, 103-4, 105, 107, 111; origins of, 252 n.19; relationship to aesthetic politics of, 3, 31
aestheticization thesis. See aesthetic politics
aesthetic politics: basic problems of, 3-4, 30-33, 35-36; in Benjamin's early work, 36-50; Benjamin's later conception of, 139-40, 141-44, 164-65, 191-95, 198-201, 205-6; contemporary debate on, 1-9, 14-18, 24-26, 180-86, 187-89, 206-9, 213-18, 226-38; critique of Benjamin's conception of, 11-14, 22-24, 113-14, 135-39, 178-80, 189-91, 209-12, 223-26; dedifferentiation in, 1, 83-84, 104-5, 247 n.14; effect of fascism on Benjamin's conception of, 50-52, 53, 57-59, 63-82, 86, 89-98, 102-4; gender bias in Benjamin's account of, 33-34, 106-8, 117-29, 171-74; history of concept of, 29-30, 42-45, 62-63. See also mass culture; phantasmagoria; spectacle
aesthetics: Benjamin's early, 37-40, 86-91; Benjamin's materialist, 50-51, 62-63, 137-38, 142, 165, 235-38, 259 n.2; traditional, 49-50, 53-55, 75-77, 257 n.37. See also aesthetic autonomy; aesthetic experience; aestheticism; aesthetic politics; fascist aesthetics
allegory: Benjamin's use of, 166-71, 173-74; commodity as, 194-99, 199-200, 203; emancipatory power of, 41, 48, 79, 101, t49
Althusser, Louis, 116
anti-Semitism, 10-11, 35, 61, 85
Aragon, Louis, 166
Arcades Project (Benjamin), 4, 41, 114, 139; theoretical framework of, 142-44, 155-56, 160-61, 166, 191-92, 193, 200, 259 n.2
“Art and Power” (1996 art exhibition), 181-84
artistic technique, 94-95, 97
Part pour Part. See aestheticism

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Abbreviations ix
  • Introduction: Fascism, Mass Culture, and the Avant-Garde 1
  • One - Benjamin and the Fascist Spectacle 27
  • Introduction to Part I 29
  • I - Baroque Drama and the Quest for Autonomous Politics 35
  • 2: Carnival Industrial Culture and the Politics of Authenticity 53
  • 3: Aesthetic Dictatorship 83
  • 4: Medusian Politics 109
  • 5: Modern Visual (Culture and the Politics of Phantasmagoria 141
  • 6: Perseus's Paradox 164
  • Two - Rethinking the Spectacle 175
  • Introduction to Part 2 177
  • 7: Fascist Aesthetics Revisited 187
  • 8: Benjamin's Actuality 213
  • Notes 239
  • Index 269
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