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Recent Growl Posts

In this growl post, I examine the connection between poetry, particularly Frosh’s poem ‘Accountant,’ and social transformation through the ideas of Marcuse’s aesthetic theoryfocusing on the notion of imagination, the aesthetic sphere as a contradiction to existing rationality, and Adorno’s technique, devised in Minima Moralia, of reverting to individual experience as a form of criticism, since our access to the ‘good life’ is denied in theory and in life. Read More

Several themes flow through Frosh’s poems; all are insightful and intriguing. In the previous Growl post, I explored the re-appropriation of desire in Avarice and the limits of art and social transformation. In this post, I pick one theme that I find cardinal: the abolition of labor. Read More

In the next three Growl posts, I dive into the poems of Tahel Frosh and examine their impact on the relation between poetry and social transformation. I do this through the lenses of several aesthetic theories such as those of Theodor W. Adorno and Herbert Marcuse. I interpret Frosh’s poems in line with neo-Marxist aesthetic theories that view art as a counter site to the reigning instrumental rationality. In my view, Frosh creates her own political lyricism that re-appropriates notions of desire, money, and labor by exposing their inadequacy with regard to what they pertain to be and what they are in reality. Read More

Amy Elliot Dunne, from Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, directly critiques constructed ideals of femininity at the point of the narrative revelation where she has staged her own abduction and falsified her diary entries. Dissecting the image of the ‘Cool Girl’, Amy writes that when Nick fell in love with her, he was falling for an ‘image' Read More