Aesthetics Bibliography — Spring 2015

A long list of media, read and unread, which pertain to aesthetics. Philosophical aesthetics, art, popular culture, and the impact of reproduction upon poetry and image. Included here for archival purposes, mainly because they provide useful terminology for the study of pop culture and/or literature in the present. Do they matter to read? Maybe. (Asterik = yes.)


Theodor W. Adorno. The Stars Down to Earth and Other Essays on the Irrational in Culture. Edited by Stephen Crook. London; New York: Routledge, 1994.

— –. Aesthetic Theory. Translated by Gretel Adorno and Rolf Tiedmann. London; New York: Routledge & K. Paul, 1984.

*Walter Benjamin. Selected Writings (Vol. 2). Compiled by Marcus Bullock et. al.Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1996.

J. M. Bernstein, et. al. Art and Aesthetics After Adorno. Berkeley: Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California, 2010.

Thierry De Duve. Kant After Duchamp. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996.

*– — . Sewn in the Sweatshops of Marx. Translated by Rosalind E. Krauss.Chicago, London: University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Craig Dworkin (editor). The Consequence of Innovation: 21st Century Poetics. New York: Roof Books, 2008.

*Miriam Hansen. Cinema and Experience: Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.
Esther Leslie. Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory, and the Avant-Garde. London; New York: Verso, 2002.

*Siegfried Kracauer. The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays. Translated by Thomas Y. Levin. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995.

— –. Theory of Film: The Redemption of Physical Reality. New York: Oxford University Press, 1960.


Margarete Kohlenbach. Walter Benjamin: Self-Reference and Religiosity. Houndsmill, Basingstroke, Hampshire, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Jan Mieszkowski. Labors of Imagination: Aesthetics and Political Economy from Kant to Althusser. New York: Fordham University Press, 2006.

*Sianne Ngai. Our Aesthetic Categories. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012.

— –. Ugly Feelings. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Shierry Nicholsen. Exact Imagination, Late Work: On Adorno’s Aesthetics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1997. New York: Guilford Press, 1996.
Rainer Rochlitz. The Disenchantment of Art: the Philosophy of Walter Benjamin.  Translated by Jane Marie Todd. New York: The Guilford Press, 1998.