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Title Grand Hotel Abyss : the lives of the Frankfurt School / Stuart Jeffries.
Author Jeffries, Stuart, 1962-
Publication London ; New York : Verso, 2016.
Copyright date ©2016
Description 440 pages ; 24 cm
Call # 301.01 J
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 393-428) and index.
Summary "Grand Hotel Abyss investigates the lives and afterlives of the critical theorists who formed the Frankfurt School"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction: Against the current -- Part I: 1900-1920. Condition: critical -- Fathers and sons, and other conflicts -- Part II: The 1920s. The world turned upside down -- A bit of the other. Part III: The 1930s -- Show us the way to the next whiskey bar -- The power of negative thinking -- In the crocodile's jaws -- Modernism and all that jazz -- A new world -- Part IV: The 1940s. The road to Port Bou -- In league with the devil -- The fight against fascism -- Part V: The 1950s. The ghost sonata -- The liberation of eros -- Part VI: The 1960s. Up against the wall, motherfuckers -- Philosophising with Molotov cocktails -- Part VII: Back from the abyss : Habermas and critical theory after the 1960s. The Frankfurt spider -- Consuming passions: critical theory in the new millennium.
Summary "In 1923, a group of young radical German thinkers and intellectuals came together to at Victoria Alle 7, Frankfurt, determined to explain the workings of the modern world. Among the most prominent members of what became the Frankfurt School were the philosophers Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse. Not only would they change the way we think, but also the subjects we deem worthy of intellectual investigation. Their lives, like their ideas, profoundly, sometimes tragically, reflected and shaped the shattering events of the twentieth century. Grand Hotel Abyss combines biography, philosophy, and storytelling to reveal how the Frankfurt thinkers gathered in hopes of understanding the politics of culture during the rise of fascism. Some of them, forced to escape the horrors of Nazi Germany, later found exile in the United States. Benjamin, with his last great work--the incomplete Arcades Project--in his suitcase, was arrested in Spain and committed suicide when threatened with deportation to Nazi-occupied France. On the other side of the Atlantic, Adorno failed in his bid to become a Hollywood screenwriter, denounced jazz, and even met Charlie Chaplin in Malibu. After the war, there was a resurgence of interest in the School. From the relative comfort of sun-drenched California, Herbert Marcuse wrote the classic One Dimensional Man, which influenced the 1960s counterculture and thinkers such as Angela Davis; while in a tragic coda, Adorno died from a heart attack following confrontations with student radicals in Berlin. By taking popular culture seriously as an object of study--whether it was film, music, ideas, or consumerism--the Frankfurt School elaborated upon the nature and crisis of our mass-produced, mechanised society. Grand Hotel Abyss shows how much these ideas still tell us about our age of social media and runaway consumption." -- Publisher's description
Subject Frankfurt school of sociology -- History.
Critical theory -- History -- 20th century.
Frankfurt school of sociology -- Biography.
Sociologists -- Germany -- Biography.
Philosophers -- Germany -- Biography.
Sociology -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Germany -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Critical theory. (OCoLC)fst00883690
Frankfurt school of sociology. (OCoLC)fst00933734
Intellectual life. (OCoLC)fst00975769
Philosophers. (OCoLC)fst01060746
Sociologists. (OCoLC)fst01123865
Sociology. (OCoLC)fst01123875
Germany. (OCoLC)fst01210272
Genre Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781784785680 (hbk) :
1784785687 (hbk)
2 holds on first copy returned of 1 copy

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