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Baroque Reason
The Aesthetics of Modernity



© 1994 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In this fascinating book, Christine Buci-Glucksmann explores the condition of modernity - alienation, melancholy, nostalgia - through the works of a number of writers and philosophers, including the social and aesthetic philosophy of Walter Benjamin.

The author examines Baudelaire's haunting image of the city and its profound effect on conceptions of modernity. She goes on to consider how such influential figures as Nietzsche, Adorno, Musil, Barthes and Lacan constitute a baroque paradigm, united by their allegorical style, their conflation of aesthetics with ethics and their subject matter - death, catastrophe, sexuality, myth, the female. In her exegesis of these fundamental themes Buci-Glucksmann proposes an epistemology beyond postmodernism.

This extraordinary exposition of a baroque reason for modernity sheds new light on a number of themes central to modern social theory.

Bryan S Turner
Introduction
 
PART ONE: 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)  
 
PART TWO: 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  
 
PART THREE: 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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