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Social criticism and literature: analysis of t. Adorno on the novel Brave New World, from the concept of aesthetic autonomy

Grant number: 18/09699-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2018
Effective date (End): October 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy
Principal researcher:Sinésio Ferraz Bueno
Grantee:Gizele Medeiros do Nascimento
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências (FFC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Marília. Marília , SP, Brazil


In his texts on aesthetics, Adorno presents literature as an important object of study, in which social and historical factors are part of the components for the performance of the work and thus demonstrate the social and historical trends of the period in which it is developed. The aim of this project is to expose Theodor Adorno's critical analysis of Aldous Huxley's dystopic novel entitled Brave New World. Huxley's novel was a bestseller of the twentieth century, recognized for its strong critical bias. Adorno gives us another key of reading, demonstrating the internal contradictions of the work and the author's own pretension by questioning the fetishized conception of technique as well as the romantic view of the individual in Huxley.