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Topics in German Intellectual History: Walter Benjamin: Media, Memory, Melancholy

GER 521/COM 597/MOD 520

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Walter Benjamin--a humanist, social-scientist, and media theorist in one--is among the most original thinkers of the 20th century. This seminar is a deep introduction to his work and its wide influence from the Frankfurt School to deconstruction and anthropocene thought. We study Benjamin's philosophies of language and of art; his theories of media experience, of urban and architectural space, and of childhood; his critiques of violence and of history; his studies of surrealism, Kafka, Brecht, and the baroque; as well as his style of writing, form of thought, and coining of concepts such as storyteller, dialectical image, and aura.
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Section S01

  • Type: Seminar
  • Section: S01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 12
  • Capacity: 16
  • Class Number: 20663
  • Schedule: Th 01:30 PM-04:20 PM