Aesthetics and Politics
This course examines relations between aesthetics and politics from a variety of perspectives. Organized around the themes of art and the political, society and the spectacle, and representation and the real, the course explores articulations of the aesthetic and socio-political realms in avant-garde circles, Marxist and post-Marxist thought, continental philosophy and contemporary cultural criticism. Theoretical writings will be brought to bear upon a number of cultural artifacts, which will be analyzed in light of the theories studied. The primary focus is modern and contemporary Anglo-European and North American politics and aesthetics.