Art, Class & Cleavage
A Quantulumcunque Concerning Materialistic Esthetics
5 1/4" x 8 1/2" • 448 pages • A Quartet Book
ISBN 9780704380660 • paperback • $17.95 •
" A funny and brilliant book. It provides evidence that radicalism survives in the most exciting and exacting forms. " — Peter Ackroyd
Addressing the division between art and class (aesthetics and politics), and arguing that cultural impoverishment has been the result of this split, Watson puts forward theories that revive the interconnection and provide a startling reappraisal of Marx, Trotsky, Voloshinov, Freud and Philip K. Dick. This book ranges freely over the cultural options of modern life - rock 'n' roll, avant garde music, poetry, science fiction, jazz, installation art - while keeping its theoretical critique short, sharp and shocking.
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