Das Ornament Der Masse: Essays: Weimar Essays

Das Ornament Der Masse: Essays: Weimar Essays

This book is a celebration of the masses - their tastes, amusements, and everyday lives. Taking up the master themes of modernity, such as isolation and alienation, mass culture and urban experience, 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 metropolitan life lie on the surface, in the ephemeral and the marginal. Of special fascination to him is the leisure culture associated with the United States (where he eventually settled after fleeing Germany), which he carefully dissects by means of his sensitive, critical, and lyrical sensibility. With these essays, written in the 1920s and early 1930s and edited by the author in 1963, Kracauer was among the first to demonstrate that studying the everyday world of the masses can bring great rewards. The Mass Ornament today remains a refreshing tribute to popular culture, and its impressively interdisciplinary writings continue to shed light not only on Kracauer's later work but also on the ideas of the Frankfurt School, the genealogy of film theory and cultural studies, Weimar cultural politics, and, not least, the exigencies of intellectual exile. In his introduction, Thomas Levin situates Kracauer in a turbulent age, illuminates the intellectual context of his work - including his friendships with Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and other Weimar intellectuals - and provides the philosophical foundation necessary for understanding his ideas.

Title:Das Ornament Der Masse: Essays: Weimar Essays
ISBN:9780674551633
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  • Adriana Scarpin

    Estou dando apenas três estrelas porque o livro é bom, mas não é excepcional, e o Kracauer me exasperou com o capítulo sobre cinema, que homenzinho mais chato do caralho, pra ele o único cinema ...

  • Colie!

    The beginner's guide to the Frankfurt School! If Adorno spins you round round, baby, round round, like a record, and Benjamin keeps you a-scratchin' your head, this may be your in. Then you can move o...

  • g

    This compilation of essays puts together a thorough analysis of cultural forms and seeks to uncloak modernity through reading the aesthetic that it propagates: Kracauer talks about dance, travel, phot...

  • Tosh

    Thomas Levin did a fantastic job in translating and edting these great essays. What would be fascinating is to read these works along with Walter Benjamin. One of the first cultural critics, he really...

  • Gyewon

    one of the best texts to reflect fascism and its visual regime...

  • Sencer Turun

    Sinema çalışmaları baplamında ele aldığım bu kitaptan "orta sınıfın isyanı" adlı farklı bir bölümden alıntılar bırakmak istedim.Kracauer'in toplumsal tecrübeleri malum; halk kavram...

  • Benjamin

    I was just talking to a friend who agreed that Kracauer's essays should really be taught alongside (if not, I might go so far as to say, instead of) Walter Benjamin's essays as a way of unfolding the ...

  • Blair

    For me this is an underr-recognized work in the development of the Frankfurt School. Kracauer applies once-lofty and intellectual notions to the "common" art of the time, like stage dancing and plays,...

  • Dhandayutha

    I Will update the review soon!...

  • Pavel Tugarinov

    эссе-предтеча "Диалектики просвещения" Адорно-Хоркхаймера...