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Siegfried Kracauer / Edition 1

Siegfried Kracauer / Edition 1

by Graeme Gilloch
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This major new book offers a much-needed introduction to the work of Siegfried Kracauer, one of the main intellectual figures in the orbit of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. It is part of a timely revival and reappraisal of his unique contribution to our critical understanding of modernity, the interrogation of mass culture, and the recognition of both the dynamism and diminution of human experience in the hustle and bustle of the contemporary metropolis. In stressing the extraordinary variety of Kracauer’s writings (from scholarly philosophical treatises to journalistic fragments, from comic novels to classified reports) and the dazzling diversity of his themes (from science and urban architectural visions to slapstick and dancing girls), this insightful book reveals his fundamental and formative influence upon Critical Theory and argues for his vital relevance for cultural analysis today.

Kracauer’s work is distinguished by an acute sensitivity to the ‘surface manifestations’ of popular culture and a witty, eminently readable literary style. In exploring and making accessible the work of this remarkable thinker, this book will be indispensable for scholars and students working in many disciplines and interdisciplinary fields: sociology and social theory; film, media and cultural studies; urban studies, cultural geography and architectural theory; philosophy and Critical Theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745629629
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Series: Key Contemporary Thinkers Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Graeme Gilloch is Reader in Sociology at the University of Lancaster

Table of Contents

Our Companion Introduced: An Intellectual Schwejk
Part I From Inner Life: Sociological Expressionism
Chapter 1 Small Mercies: The Spirit of our Times
Chapter 2 Portraits of the Age
Part II From Our Weimar Correspondent: The “Newest Germany” and Elsewhere
Chapter 3 On the Surface: The Dialectics of Ornament
Chapter 4 Berlin Impromptus
Part III From the Boulevards: Paris of the Second Empire in Kracauer
Chapter 5 Offenbach in Paris
Chapter 6 Orpheus in Hollywood
Part IV From the New World: Monstrous States, Mental Images
Chapter 7 The Caligari Complex
Chapter 8 Re-Surfacing Work
Part V From the Screen: Redeeming Images, Remembered Things
Chapter 9 Film, Improvisation and “The Flow of Life”
Chapter 10 Film, Phantasmagoria and the Street
Inconclusive: Penultimate Things

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