Exklusives Verkaufsrecht für: Gesamte Welt.
Contents: Hans Magnus Enzensberger - Adorno and the Culture Industry - 'A difficult pleasure': poetry and the politics of the 'economic miracle' - The plebiscite of the consumers: popular culture and the 'consciousness industry' - Enzensberger's theory of the media - Post-utopian culture and the aesthetics of survival - Enzensberger, cultural populism and the Federal Republic in the 1980s - Enzensberger and the anachronistic pleasures of literature - Writing, media and democracy in the new Germany.
The writings of Hans Magnus Enzensberger are a provocative commentary on the post-1945 period in Germany. Poet and essayist of international standing and frequent contributor to political and cultural debates, his work has accompanied the development of the Federal Republic from the 1950s to German unification and after. This study makes explicit the links between Enzensberger's literary imagination and the cultural and political history of Germany and offers a close reading of both Enzensberger's poetry and his seminal essays on politics and culture, proposing that they be considered as part of a single artistic project. The book argues that Enzensberger's significance lies in his sustained exploration of the relationship between literary and cultural practices and political democracy in Germany. It offers detailed analyses of Enzensberger's poetry and considers his essays on the 'consciousness industry' and on the 'constituents of a theory of the media' in the context of the political development of the Federal Republic in the half-century following 1945. Post-World War 2 essays on cinema and television, on tourism, consumption and migration, and on digital media and the future of literature are also considered and analysed. Enzensberger's work is situated as part of an ongoing critical debate between him and key intellectual figures such as Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Jürgen Habermas, Jean Baudrillard and Michel Foucault.