By Adrienne Rich
“We are within the presence right here of a big American poet whose voice at mid-century in her personal existence is more and more marked by means of ethical passion.”—New York instances ebook Review
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She is only there for man as the boundary and the limit to confirm his identity. Reified gender differentiation, then, must assert itself against Adorno’s relentless attempt to show that any claims to the positive truth about who we are as men and women ultimately falls prey to the identitarian logic that unravels at the moment that it asserts itself against that which it seeks to and yet ultimately cannot control. RH: In Minima Moralia and elsewhere, Adorno expresses concern for the role of the intellectual.
I’ve suggested that the big ideals such as freedom be thought of as aesthetic ideas in Kant’s sense; ideas that can figure but not entirely conceptualize the meaning of what is to be signified by the ideal. For example, John Rawls’s veil of ignorance, which attempts to figure the free moral subject, the noumenal self, as imagined behind the veil of ignorance, exemplifies this attempt to configure what cannot be conceptualized—the noumenal self. ’’ At the end of his life, Adorno explicitly addressed the question of whether or not he was resigned in the face of the thoroughgoing colonization of the culture industry by capital.
But I disagree with Adorno, and MacKinnon, when I defend the possibility for something like a re-representation of the scene of pornography. Although Adorno provides deep insight into understanding the loss of the space and creativity of imagination in culture, his argument, for me, is ultimately too encompassing. For Adorno, we have, in the deepest and most profound sense, been consumed by the culture we once might have been thought to create. Thus, there is very little space left for the productive imagination to grapple with the constraints on the representational field that is pushed on us as all we can see, believe, or dream.
A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far: Poems 1978-1981 by Adrienne Rich