In Practice

Adorno, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies

by Holger Matthias Briel (Volume editor) Andreas Kramer (Volume editor)
©2001 Edited Collection 208 Pages


This collection of papers is about the ways in which Adorno’s work is stimulating new practices in critical theory and cultural studies. The twelve contributors, who are based in Europe, the United States and Asia, approach Adorno from a number of different angles, positions and disciplines, covering literary and film studies, social and political thought, psychology and sociology. The topics chosen by the contributors range from the contradictions of representation to intersubjectivity, from poetry to consumer culture, from aesthetic theory to avant-garde film, from views of Adorno in modern Spain to the impact his work is having on postcolonial thinking in Asia. Each essay is engaged in a re-reading of Adorno, detailing his critical position and exploring his intellectual and historical contexts.
Moreover, in tracing the influence of his ideas, the essays explain why Adorno is such an important voice. Taken as a whole, the essays show ways of productively imagining Adorno, and testify to the lasting relevance and usefulness of his work for a whole range of issues and topics in contemporary theory and cultural studies.


ISBN (Softcover)
Historical context Essay Idea Position
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien, 2001. 208 pp.

Biographical notes

Holger Matthias Briel (Volume editor) Andreas Kramer (Volume editor)

The Editors: Holger Briel teaches German Literature, Philosophy and Communication Studies at the University of Surrey, Guildford (UK). Prior teaching engagements included the University of Massachusetts, Indiana State University, New York University and the University of Rostock. He is the author of Adorno oder wo liegt das Ende der Moderne? (1993) and has published widely on contemporary German culture, philosophy, fiction and media. Andreas Kramer is Senior Lecturer in German in the Department of European Languages at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has research interests in modernism and the avant-garde, comparative literature, and Critical Theory. His previous publications include books on Carl Einstein and Gertrude Stein, and articles on modernist writers with an emphasis on Expressionism and Dada, and Adorno at Oxford (written with Evelyn Wilcock).


Title: In Practice