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Baroque Reason : The Aesthetics of Modernity - Christine Buci-Glucksmann

Baroque Reason

The Aesthetics of Modernity

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Published: 1st January 1994
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In this exploration of the aesthetics of modernity, Christine Buck-Glucksmann argues that in periods of perceived crisis a new form of rationality emerges to replace reasoned ways of thinking. She examines a number of key themes for modern social theory: the critique of instrumental rationality, the political crisis of loss of community and of innocence with the development of industrialization, as well as the impact of relativism on realist theories of knowledge. After examining the condition of modernity - alienation, melancholy and nostalgia - the author goes on to explore the place of the feminine in discussions of modernity: how woman is used as one of the main sources of allegorical interpretations of modernity; and how the feminine comes to stand for and represent the miraculous, the utopian, the dangerous and the androgynous. In the final part, she identifies Nietzsche, Adorno, Musil, Baudelaire, Barthes and Lacan as constituting a baroque paradigm, and lays the foundation for a baroque reason. In her explanation of themes fundamental to our contemporary condition, she invites the reader beyond post-modernism to a realm of the Other.

Introduction
An Archaeology of Modernity: Angelus Novus
Angelic Space
Angelus Novus, an Overwhelming Picture
Baroque Space
Trauerspiel: Allegory as Origin
Baudelairean Space
A Modern Baroque
The Space of Writing
The Angel and the 'Scene' of Writing: In the 'Primeval Forest' (Urwald)
The Utopia of The Feminine: Benjamin's Trajectory 2
Catastrophist Utopia
The Feminine as Allegory of Modernity
Anthropological Utopia, or The 'Heroines' of Modernity
Transgressive Utopia
'Image Frontiers' of Writing and History
Appendix
Viennese Figures of Otherness: Femininity and Jewishness
Baroque Reason
An Aesthetics of Otherness
Salome or, The Baroque Scenography of Desire
The Stage of the Modern and the Look of Medusa
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ISBN: 9780803989764
ISBN-10: 0803989768
Series: Theory, Culture & Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st January 1994
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.25