German 154. The Frankfurt School on Film and Mass Culture

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Top of stack of books installation at Bebelplatz, Berlin

Day/Time

T 12:45-2:45pm

Instructor

Rentschler

This seminar considers the Frankfurt School's deliberations on film, radio, television, and mass culture. We will devote the majority of the course to three seminal figures: Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and T. W. Adorno. More generally, we will focus on the debates catalyzed by the emergence of modern mass media and an industrialized visual culture; we will also reflect on the pertinence of these debates for our own contemporary culture of media convergence.

Course Notes: This course is equivalent to AFVS 189G. Credit may be earned for German 154 or AFVS 189G, but not both.

 

Course Requirements: Anti-Req: Cannot be taken for credit if AFVS 289 (formerly VES 289) is already complete.