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“Aesthetics: Marcuse and Consciousness” (Part 2)
Continuing our discussion on Aesthetics this week, we will explore the contributions and critiques of Herbert Marcuse (Frankfurt School). Some of his major works: his dissertation of 1922 on epic poetry, his essay of 1937 on society and culture, and his book of 1978 on the transformative nature of art. We will also briefly cover the aesthetic values of Schopenhauer and Beardsley.
To link these ideas to poetry, we shall read some great works of Ovid and Emily Dickinson. In this sample, we see Dickinson telling her inner reality, while focusing on the imagery of the natural world.
I taste a liquor never brewed –
From Tankards scooped in Pearl –
Not all the Frankfort Berries
Yield such an Alcohol!
Inebriate of air – am I –
And Debauchee of Dew –
Reeling – thro’ endless summer days –
From inns of molten Blue –
We are also planning future topics in Aesthetics, so please send your suggestions. Join StoicDan and Ellen this Sunday for “Aesthetics: Marcuse and Consciousness”.
Herbert Marcuse (Frankfurt School) on Aesthetics
Aesthetics in history
Poem “I taste a liquor never brewed”
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