American Civilization

March 19, 2009

Reading for April 9th

Filed under: PSAs — equiano @ 7:01 pm
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Above: an image stolen from http://breadnjamforfrances.blogspot.com

The syllabus is changing: the new reading for April 9 is Theodor Adorno’s seminal essay “Enlightenment as Mass Deception”. Make sure to print out a copy and bring it to lecture. Here’s the url:

http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/adorno/1944/culture-industry.htm

Be advised that Adorno’s work is often called “difficult.” You will be reading one of the founding texts of Critical Theory and should be prepared to be challenged. You may– imagine!– even need to read the essay twice. And remember: “Dialectical thinking is the attempt to break through the compulsory character of logic with its own means.”

Good luck.

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