theater.png

The Theater of Truth: The Ideology of (Neo)baroque Aesthetics

The Theater of Truth: The Ideology of (Neo)baroque Aesthetics argues that seventeenth-century baroque and twentieth-century neobaroque aesthetics have to be understood as part of the same complex.

Rather than a return to the stylistic practices of a particular time and place, the neobaroque should be described as the continuation of a cultural strategy. It is produced as a response to a specific problem of thought that has beset Europe and the colonial world since early modernity.

Reviews of

The Theater of Truth

 

By Julio Baena, University of Colorado

The Theater of Truth departs from the recent work on the Baroque and its apparent familiarity with that period by positioning itself instead in an unfamiliar proximity with the familiar present. The consequences of this "anachronistic" challenge are illuminating to an extent that reminds me of the best results of the Frankfurt School, and of the reach of Adorno or Benjamin