Friday, 7 April 2000

From "Poetics"

By Keston Sutherland.

The common mythical description of what Bernstein is may be hard to swallow, but it does at least work as a kind of elaborate metonym for what poets and critics think poetry ought to be able to do. In other words, it’s useful as an example of what thinkers so extremely unlike as Lukács and Adorno agree in calling “idealism,” that is, the reconciliation in performative abstract of real social contradictions (“adman and artist combined”) that stands in for proper demystification of capitalist social relations and even anticipates that demystification at the level of affective response.

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