By Graeme Gilloch
This significant new publication bargains a much-needed creation to the paintings of Siegfried Kracauer, one of many major highbrow figures within the orbit of the Frankfurt tuition of severe concept. it really is a part of a well timed revival and reappraisal of his distinct contribution to our serious knowing of modernity, the interrogation of mass tradition, and the popularity of either the dynamism and diminution of human event within the hustle and bustle of the modern city. In stressing the extreme number of Kracauer’s writings (from scholarly philosophical treatises to journalistic fragments, from comedian novels to categorized reviews) and the awesome variety of his subject matters (from technological know-how and concrete architectural visions to slapstick and dancing girls), this insightful ebook finds his basic and formative impression upon serious idea and argues for his very important relevance for cultural research today.
Kracauer’s paintings is unique via an acute sensitivity to the ‘surface manifestations’ of pop culture and a witty, eminently readable literary kind. In exploring and making obtainable the paintings of this outstanding philosopher, this booklet may be fundamental for students and scholars operating in lots of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields: sociology and social conception; movie, media and cultural experiences; city stories, cultural geography and architectural conception; philosophy and important Theory.