Heine and Critical Theory (Hardback)Willi Goetschel (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
This detailed study demonstrates the continuity of a German-Jewish tradition from Heine to Adorno and other members of the Frankurt School. At stake is the formulation of Jewish identity against the backdrop of a critical understanding of modernity. Goetschel makes a compelling argument for the urgency of the poet Heine and the emancipatory substance of literature. -- Russell A. Berman, Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University, USA
Willi Goetschel, with admirable erudition, demonstrates the central role of Heine's work in determining the theoretical and political perspectives of the Frankfurt School. He argues very persuasively that Heine's position as an "unsuccessful" convert to Christianity who was never regarded by others as anything other than the Jew he in fact truly became only at the moment of his conversion, allowed him to articulate a critique of Enlightenment universalism that Adorno and Horkheimer attempted to deepen in The Dialectic of Enlightenment. For Goetschel, however, Heine's critique of the dominant forms of universalism surpasses theirs by emphasizing the perpetually renewed need for a violent reduction of the different to the same that characterizes these forms in their diversity. Goetschel has made an invaluable contribution to our understanding of Heine's importance for the history of critical theory and for addressing the most difficult issues of our own time. -- Warren Montag, Brown Family Professor in Literature, Occidental College, USA
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