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date: 17 January 2019

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This article considers the relationship between literature and politics. It focuses on the idea that literary form itself is political and investigates claims that literature can criticize and alter political belief by being experienced in terms of its form. It discusses the view of Theodor Adorno on this issue and suggests that the idea that there is an important connection between formal aesthetic properties of art and political belief merits further investigation and that the claim that art is uniquely political because it is useless deserves philosophical attention.

Keywords: literature, politics, literary form, political belief, Theodor Adorno, art

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