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Vidal Mayor, Vanessa. 2017. Alegoría barroca e imagen dialéctica: el esfuerzo de Walter Benjamin y Theodor W. Adorno para pensar la dialéctica de la naturaleza y la forma estética. Laocoonte : revista de estética y teoría de las artes 4 : 199–213. 15 pp.
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Universitat de València


This article is divided into two parts. The first part is dedicated to the conception of aesthetic allegory in Walter Benjamin’s The Origin of German Tragic Drama and how Adorno took this idea in order to construct a narrative of natural history. In the second part, the focus is on the relationship of allegories with images of the 1935 Exposé taken for Benjamin’s Book of Passages and the constructive criticism Adorno conveyed in his correspondence with Hornberg. We attempt to show how these two great thinkers dealt with the questions of aesthetic form and its relationship with dialectics and nature.