A critical study of the concept of form in Adorno’s writings on art and literature.
Adorno's Poetics of Form is the first book-length examination of the elusive deployment of the concept of form in Adorno's writings on art and literature, and the first monograph to offer a comprehensive account of the relation of these writings to his broader philosophical project. It examines form within the constellation of concepts that exist around it, considering how it appears when seen in conjunction with and in opposition to content, expression, genre, and material. Illuminated from these angles, form is revealed as the site of a complex web of dynamic conceptual interactions. The book thus offers a resolution to a problem in Adorno's work that has remained unsolved for several decades, and in doing so sets out the consequences of Adorno's poetics for literary and critical theory today.
Josh Robinson is Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.
"Adorno's Poetics of Form is at once a kind of casebook (Robinson has read a lot of Adorno so you don't have to) and a critical work (Robinson has drawn out implicit Adornoian concerns and drawn together a constellation of formal concerns). Taken together, this simply means that Adorno's Poetics of Form invites (and deserves) the same kind of attention it gives to its collection of texts." — Mediations
"In Adorno's Poetics of Form, Josh Robinson carries out a necessary and fruitful investigation into the way we think about art, and the potential embedded in particular works … Robinson has produced a highly readable and accomplished contribution to the scholarship on Theodor Adorno's aesthetic project as it pertains to the question of form, and a thought-provoking reformation of the Marxist theory of art." — Phenomenological Reviews