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TitelDialectics of Exile: Rethinking Adorno in America
BeschreibungDialectics of Exile: Rethinking Adorno in America

Theodor W. Adorno's years in the USA represent a pivotal period in his life and career. Many of the writings that established his lasting significance as one of the outstanding critical thinkers of modernity are works of exile: In Search of Wagner (written in the UK), Minima Moralia, Dialectic of Enlightenment, The Philosophy of New Music, and The Authoritarian Personality (all written in the US). This issue of Telos will reconsider Adorno's American experience from both intellectual and biographical perspectives, as well as from the interplay between historical and philosophical concerns. Adorno's biographer Detlev Claussen has argued that Adorno's American experience fundamentally shaped the development of his philosophy. Which elements of Adorno's American experience in particular warrant scholarly examination in light of their larger critical significance? What lessons can we draw from his collaborations and intellectual friendships with American scholars and fellow exiles? How can we account for the dialectical tension between Adorno's bleak views of many American institutions and social customs (the culture industry, the hegemony
of empiricist social science, the perils of McCarthyism), and his lesser known embrace of America's democratic culture and his appreciation of more humane forms of social interaction? Adorno observes in American society the thorough "penetration ... [of] humaneness in people's immediate behavior." For Adorno, America not only represents "purely a society of exchange," but also a democracy in which "there is an infinitely greater proximity between the political form of democracy and the people's feeling of life" (from Adorno's 1959 lecture "Kultur and Culture"). What are, broadly, Adorno's American lessons (positive and negative) and how are they articulated in his writings during and after his time in exile? And, more specifically, what can Adorno teach us about America that is still relevant today, and what are, from our historically distanced point of view, the limits and shortfalls of Adorno's critique of America?

We invite scholars from all disciplines to contribute to this issue. We seek contributions that will shed light on the complexity of Adorno's life and work in America and the impact of the American experience on Critical Theory; we encourage contributions that do not rehearse the cliché of Adorno as a detached European mandarin of high culture.

Possible subjects for this issue include: Exile, Dialectics, Collaboration, Empirical Research, Pragmatism, Music, Film, Culture Industry (i.e., popular and mass culture), Thomas Mann, Hanns Eisler, Max Horkheimer, New Deal Politics, McCarthyism and American Institutional Reception, Anti-Semitism.

Possible works include*: *Authoritarian Personality, Dialectic of Enlightenment, Composing for Films, Minima Moralia, Philosophy of New Music, as well as various correspondences and minor works.

Please send abstract (no longer than 500 words) by July 15, 2008, to Joshua Rayman ( and Ulrich Plass ( Completed articles should be no longer than 8500 words (including notes) and will be due by June 1, 2009. The volume is scheduled to appear in December 2009.

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PersonName: Plass , Ulrich 
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SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literatursoziologie; Literaturtheorie: Klassiker
Klassifikation17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.15.00 Exilliteratur
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