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Critical Theory & the Frankfurt School:


  • Critical Theory, Herbert Marcuse, Theodor Adorno, & more...
  • Books on the history of the Frankfurt School...
  • Books & periodicals by members of the Institute of Social Research...

  • Critical Theory, Herbert Marcuse, Theodor Adorno, & more...

     

  • The Horkheimer - Pollack Archive (at the University of Frankfurt): "The Archive comprises ca. 200.000 sheets of letters, manuscripts, working material, documents, audio-visual media and pictures of the literary remains of Max Horkheimer and Friedrich Pollock. Furthermore, there are letters and manuscripts received by third parties, which in their lives have had some connection intellectually, socially and politically to do with the works of Horkheimer and Pollock. The greatest part of the literary remains of Max Horkheimer is published in the 19 volumed edition of collected works which is published by the S.Fischer Publishers in Frankfurt am Main. "
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  • New German Critque is the leading journal of German Studies. It covers twentieth-century political and social theory, philosophy, literature, film, media, and art, reading cultural texts in light of current theoretical debates. NGC was one of the first journals to present articles by and about Walter Benjamin in English.
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  • Telos: A Quarterly Journal of Critical Thought: Telos was the first journal to introduce the United States to Critical Theory, and is still dedicated to the exploration and expansion of this school of thought (and more). This website has an impressive 30-year archive of issues (all the way back to its May, 1968 inception!) with many articles by and about Benjamin, Marcuse, Adorno, Horkheimer and Lowenthal.
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  • Fredric Jameson: "Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism" :[1:] The last few years have been marked by an inverted millenarianism, in which premonitions of the future, catastrophic or redemptive, have been replaced by senses of the end of this or that (the end of ideology, art, or social class; the 'crisis' of Leninism, social democracy, or the welfare state, etc., etc.): taken together, all of these perhaps constitute what is increasingly called postmodernism. The case for its existence depends on the hypothesis of some radical break or coupure, generally traced back to the end of the 1950s or the early 1960s. As the word itself suggests, this break is most often related to notions of the waning or extinction of the hundred-year-old modern movement (or to its ideological or aesthetic repudiation). . . ." [Site now requires user name & password]
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  • Herbert Marcuse, "Aggressiveness in Advanced Industrial Society" (1967): Important essay from Marcuse's Negations: Essays in Critical Theory (1968). Reprinted here with permission from Beacon Press. Other links to sites on Marcuse are also included.
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  • World War II: OSS Research & Analysis-- Interesting annotated bibliography on the wartime intelligence rôle of Frankfurt School members Neumann, Marcuse and Kirchheimer. "The focus here is on OSS' Research and Analysis Branch (R&A), headed by William L. Langer. Dessants, I & NS 11.4/747, fn. 3, recommends the following as the three best works on the origins and evolution of R&A: Bradley F. Smith, The Shadow Warriors (New York: Basic Books, 1983), pp. 69-78, 174-176, 209-211, and Ch. 8; Barry M. Katz, Foreign Intelligence (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989), Ch. 1; and RobinWinks, Cloak and Gown (New York: Morrow, 1987), Ch. 2."[inactive link]
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  • The Franz Neumann Project--Beyond the Behemoth: Toward a Radical Reassessment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Short biographical sketch and bibliography of Franz L. Neumann, who joined the Institute for Social Research in 1936. Features a large set of links on fascism, the cold war, an archive of news commentaries, essays and audio reports on N.A.T.O.'s recent bombing campaign, and ongoing research on N.A.T.O. and neo-fascism.
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  • Works by Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer Online: "Le Prix du Progress" and "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception" (from The Dialectic of Enlightenment) and Adorno's "The Culture Industry Reconsidered" (from The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture) are presented compliments of Hampshire College.
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  • Theodor W. Adorno, Chaplin Times Two [translated by John MacKay, Yale Journal of Criticism, 9.1 (1996) 57-61] From the trans. introduction: "In his writings on contemporary culture, Theodor W. Adorno was inclined to treat laughter with suspicion, in particular the kind of laughter generated by popular film comedies and other products of the "culture industry." What received its comic comeuppance in such films, he claimed, was anythingopposed to or unassimilable by the status quo; such mirth produced a false sense of liberation masking blind conformity to a cruel social order. In the Dialectic of Enlightenment he glumly observed: ...." [inactive link]
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  • On Theodor W. Adorno: An excerpted passage from the Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers by John Lechte, Routledge, 1994.
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  • "Adorno and the Name of God": Essay by David Kaufmann.
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  • Max Horkheimer Links Page
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    Books on the history of the Frankfurt School...

  • The Frankfurt School: Its History, Theories and Political Significance by Rolf Wiggershaus (1994). MIT press publisher's review.
  • Douglas Kellner's Review of Wiggershaus The Frankfurt School
  • Other Books by Martin Jay

     

     


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  • Technology, War and Fascism: Collected papers of Herbert Marcuse, Volume One (1998) Edited by Douglas Kellner , University of Texas at Austin. Routledge Press publisher's review & ordering information.
  • Perhaps the most important aesthetics of the twentieth century appears here newly translated, in English that is for the first time faithful to the intricately demanding language of the original German. The culmination of a lifetime of aesthetic investigation, Aesthetic Theory is Adorno's major work, a defense of modernism that is paradoxical in its defense of illusion. In it, Adorno takes up the problem of art in a day when "it goes without saying that nothing concerning art goes without saying." In the course of his discussion, Adorno revisits such concepts as the sublime, the ugly, and the beautiful, demonstrating that concepts such as these are reservoirs of human experience. These experiences ultimately underlie aesthetics, for in Adorno's formulation "art is the sedimented history of human misery." Robert Hullot-Kentor's translation painstakingly, yet fluently, reproduces the nuances and particularities of the original. Long awaited and significant, Aesthetic Theory is the clarifying lens through which the whole of Adorno's work is best viewed, providing a framework within which his other major writings cohere. "Inserting the 'silver rib of a foreign word' into an idea, Walter Benjamin argued in a passage Adorno was fond of quoting, helps the idea to survive. Meant to undermine the ideology of an entirely organic language, free of all alien intrusions, this insight can be fruitfully extended to distinguished translations of entire texts. In the case of Adorno's posthumous magnum opus, Aesthetic Theory, Robert Hullot-Kentor's long-awaited new translation is pure sterling. Rarely has so much thoughtfulness and sensitivity been marshaled to retranslate a work that fully deserves a second chance." Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Verso Books: In addition to One-Way Street, this site has ordering information for Theodor W. Adorno (Minima Moralia, Dialectic of Enlightenment), Ernst Bloch et al (Aesthetics and Politics) and other books by Jean Baudrillard, Georges Bataille and Frederic Jameson.
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  • MIT Press/ Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought: Publisher's reviews and ordering information for an impressive catalog of books by and about Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Jürgen Habermas, Ernst Bloch and many others.
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  • Continuum Books: Continuum's catalogue currently includes: Brian Britt's Walter Benjamin and the Bible, Adorno's Negative Dialectics, Adorno's and Horkheimer's Dialectic of Enlightenment, Horkheimer's Critical Theory and Eclipse of Reason, and Arato and Gephardt's Essential Frankfurt School Reader.


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