Mass Ornament by Siegfried Kracauer
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Mass Ornament
By Siegfried Kracauer

The Mass Ornament

Weimar Essays

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Mass Ornament by Siegfried Kracauer

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Siegfried Kracauer was one of the 20th century's major cultural critics, a prolific scholar and a theorist of film. In this volume his writings on modern society are translated into English. This book is a celebration of the masses - their tastes, amusements, and everyday lives. Taking up themes of modernity, such as isolation and alienation, urban culture and the relation between the group and the individual, Kracauer explores a kaleidoscope of topics: shopping arcades; the cinema; bestsellers and their readers; photography; dance; hotel lobbies; Kafka; the Bible; and boredom. For Kracauer, the most revelatory facets of modern life in the West lie on the surface, in the ephemeral and the marginal. Of special fascination to him is the United States, where he eventually settled after fleeing Germany and whose culture he sees as defined almost exclusively by "the ostentatious display of surface". With these essays, written in the 1920s and early 1930s and edited by the author in 1963, Kracauer was the first to demonstrate that studying the everyday world of the masses can bring great rewards. This work remains a tribute to popular culture and its interdisciplinary essays continue to shed light not only on Kracauer's later work but also on ideas of the Frankfurt School, the genealogy of film theory and cultural studies, Weimar cultural politics, and the exigencies of intellectual exile. In his introduction, Thomas Levin situates Kracauer in a turbulent age, illuminates the forces that influenced him - including his friendships with Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and other Weimar intellectuals - and provides the context necessary for understanding his ideas.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674551633
ISBN-10: 067455163X
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 30mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 7-Jul-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Siegfried Kracauer's American Writings by Siegfried Kracauer Siegfried Kracauer's American Writings, Hardback (June 2012)

Siegfried Kracauer (1889-1966), friend and colleague of Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno, was one of the most influential film critics of the mid-twentieth century. This book assembles essays in cultural criticism, film, literature, and media theory that he wrote during the quarter century he spent in America after fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe.

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Author Biography - Siegfried Kracauer

Siegfried Kracauer (1889-1966) was the author of Theory of Film, From Caligari to Hitler, and many other works on historical, sociological, and cultural topics. Thomas Y. Levin is Associate Professor of German at , Princeton University.

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