Reason and Revolution Today: Cultural Subversion
Reason and Revolution Today: Cultural Subversion
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Reason and Revolution Today: Cultural Subversion

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New School Adult Division Event Recordings

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Physical Audio
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1/4 inch audio tape
This audio recording is the third of three lectures given at The New School on the subject of political revolution by Dr. Herbert Marcuse. Marcuse focuses this lecture on the role of art in bringing about cultural revolution in the West. Marcuse calls for a desublimation of art which is radically non-conformist in contrast to established bourgeois culture and promotes a return to the anti-bourgeois, anti-commercial character of the high art of the bourgeois period. Marcuse gives numerous examples of his thesis that the rebellion against the repressive, sublimated established order is the goal of all romantic art and literature. Marcuse concludes at 49:27, and the floor is opened for questions from the audience, the topics of which include: the commodification of art, the limits of art's influence on political revolution, the role of mass media, and popular music as a tool of the establishment.
October 24 1970
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New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997) (producer)
Lester C. Singer (speaker)
Herbert Marcuse (speaker)
Herbert Marcuse 70/2-3/ Lecture #3, The Arts/ October 24, 1970 (container)
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