Dialectic of Enlightenment in the Anglosphere: Horkheimer and Adorno's Remnants of Freedom

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    This book explores the reception of Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment. It examines a variety of perspectives on the text, supplied by e.g. American critical theorists, British New Leftists, Transatlantic Cultural Studies scholars, Postmodernists, and those working in the current after-theory moment from 1970 to 2010. It considers the works of the Frankfurt School, especially Horkheimer and Adorno, alongside the secondary literature on the subject. The main focus is on how various intellectual circles and trends have responded to the Dialectic, making scholarly discussions the primary sources. While the work is a history of the Dialectic of Enlightenment’s Anglophone reception, it also reflects the post-1968 left’s retreat to academia, which echoes the Frankfurt School’s own stance of political resignation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
    Number of pages190
    ISBN (Electronic)9789811535215
    ISBN (Print)9789811535208
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


    • Dialectic of Enlightenment
    • Horkheimer and Adorno
    • Dialectic of Enlightenment and Postmodernism
    • Dialectic of Enlightenment and Cultural Studies
    • Critical Theory and English-speaking world
    • Anglophone Critical Theory
    • Critical Theory in Britain and United States
    • Dialectic of Enlightenment’s Origins and Orientation
    • British New Left
    • Postmodernism
    • Dialectic of Enlightenment’s Re-Emergence and Revival
    • A North American Dialectic of Enlightenment
    • Social and Political Theory
    • Frankfurt School and New Left
    • Intellectual History
    • Frankfurt School in America
    • Comparative Literature
    • Rise of social and cultural theory
    • Political activism

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