Peter Uwe Hohendahl

Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature
Peter Uwe Hohendahl is Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. He is an editor of the series Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought, which is copublished by Cornell University Press and the Cornell University Library. He is the author most recently of The Fleeting Promise of Art: Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory Revisited, also from Cornell.

Perilous Futures
On Carl Schmitt's Late Writings
Peter Uwe Hohendahl
Since his death, the writings of Carl Schmitt (1888–1985) have been debated, cited, and adopted by political and legal thinkers on both the left and right with increasing frequency, though not without controversy given Schmitt’s unwavering support for National Socialism before and during World War II. In Perilous Futures, Peter Uwe Hohendahl...



The Fleeting Promise of Art
Adorno's Aesthetic Theory Revisited
Peter Uwe Hohendahl
Peter Uwe Hohendahl reexamines Adorno’s writings on aesthetics in light of the unexpected return of the aesthetic to today’s cultural debates.



Reappraisals
Shifting Alignments in Postwar Critical Theory
Peter Uwe Hohendahl
Reappraisals is a provocative account of the development of modern critical theory in Germany and the United States. Focusing on the period since World War II, Peter Uwe Hohendahl explores key debates on the function of critical...



Building a National Literature
The Case of Germany, 1830–1870
Peter Uwe Hohendahl
Building a National Literature boldly takes issue with traditional literary criticism for its failure to explain how literature as a body is created and shaped by institutional forces. Peter Uwe Hohendahl approaches literary history by focusing on the material and ideological structures that determine the canonical status of writers and...



The Institution of Criticism
Peter Uwe Hohendahl
German radicals of the 1960s announced the death of literature. For them, literature both past and present, as well as conventional discussions of literary issues, had lost its meaning. In The Institution of Criticism, Peter Uwe Hohendahl explores the implications of this crisis from a Marxist...



The Fleeting Promise of Art
Adorno's Aesthetic Theory Revisited
Peter Uwe Hohendahl
Peter Uwe Hohendahl reexamines Adorno’s writings on aesthetics in light of the unexpected return of the aesthetic to today’s cultural...








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