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Elisabeth Bronfen: Theory as Narrative: Sigmund Freud
Theory as Narrative: Sigmund Freud
(p. 53 – 68)

Elisabeth Bronfen

Theory as Narrative: Sigmund Freud

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  • aesthetics
  • art
  • art theory
  • Theodor W. Adorno

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Elisabeth Bronfen

is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zurich and, since 2007, Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. A specialist in the 19th and 20th century literature she has also written books and articles in the area of gender studies, psychoanalysis, film, cultural theory and visual culture. Current research projects include a book on Shakespeare and contemporary culture and another study on women war correspondents.

Other texts by Elisabeth Bronfen for DIAPHANES
Dieter Mersch (ed.), Sylvia Sasse (ed.), ...: Aesthetic Theory

There is no theory that is not aesthetic in a certain way. Adorno, too, did not understand his aesthetic theory simply as a theory of the aesthetic, but was aware of the aesthetic implications of theory. At the same time we have to do with aesthetic objects and events in which an aesthetic theory is inherent, which show themselves as art. So from both sides—theory and aesthetics—a link can be made to the etymological meaning of θεωρία (theōria), which understands the theoretical as a seeing or perspective. The book examines this link and simultaneity, focusing equally on the aesthetic implications of theory and the theoretical implications of aesthetic events.

Contributors: Frauke Berndt, Elisabeth Bronfen, Sandra Frimmel, Julia Gelshorn & Tristan Weddigen, Fabienne Liptay, Dieter Mersch, Klaus Müller-Wille, ­Barbara Naumann, Boris Previšić, Dorota Sajewska, ­Sylvia Sasse, Rahel Villinger, Benno Wirz, Sandro Zanetti.

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