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The Ugliness of beauty: the "dialectic of ugly" in Theodor W. Adorno

Grant number: 14/09315-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2014
Effective date (End): January 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Art Fundamentals and Criticism
Principal researcher:Hélio Rebello Cardoso Júnior
Grantee:Caio Vinicius Russo Nogueira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil


To think about modern art, its ruptures and continuities in classical and romantic tradition, it is essential to understand the Ugly and his freedom from the shackles imposed by the aesthetics of Beauty on aesthetic and historical dimension. Therefore, this study aims to engender a reading and analysis of the concept of Ugly in Aesthetic Theory of Theodor W. Adorno, trying to understand how this concept arises in his speech, which follows closely the poetic changes of modern art as well as the aesthetic revolution undertaken by the Historical Vanguards that calls into question the art as an institution. Our methodology is guided by the Adorno's Negative Dialectic, which seeks to rupture the concept by the concept of immanent way, without the need to close it in a synthesis, keeping it negative. We highlighted specific stretches of the Adorno's work which will help us better define textually our analysis (AU)

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