Aesthetics of Negativity: Blanchot, Adorno, and Autonomy

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The Possibility of Speculative Writing

For Adorno the question remains as to how the gestures of language are able to grant a form of (nonconceptual) understanding; in what way do they allow for a sensible knowledge of materiality in its difference, that is, without subsuming it into a system of identity, yet without also slipping into irrational intuition? Given his understanding of the artwork as that which bears a language-like quality and his situation of metaphysics as a materially grounded speculative thinking, it is key to his responses to both aesthetics and epistemology that there should be a rethinking of language in its materiality, which is thus also to rethink the nature of the relation between thought and the world. For if consciousness is “a moment of that in which it intervenes,” then the mode of this intervention is to be found in the work of language, in both its material affinities and its conceptualizations, and, as was the case with the work of art, these are two aspects that can never be fully reconciled [ND: 262/265]. This interdependence of epistemology and aesthetics in Adorno’s thought is of central significance for my purposes, since the problem of finding the form in which materiality can be speculatively apprehended is also the problem of literature in modernist writing, as it is the problem of finding a form in which language can critically engage with the world in both its actuality and its possibility.

Adorno approaches the relation of materiality and thought by extending his thinking of gesture to the rhetorical dimension of language, which not only mimetically grounds thinking in the body and the world (ow!) but also indicates how these objective aspects come to be reflected within

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