Germanic Languages | German Culture II: 20th Century Aesthetic Debates
G564 | 2603 | William Rasch
G564 German Culture II: 20th Century Aesthetic Debates
This course will look at two broad areas of German and
German-influenced aesthetic theory in the 20th century, namely German
Western Marxism (of the 1920s and ‘30s) and the Heidegger "school" in
Germany and the U.S. During the first part of the course, we will
read seminal and still important Marxist criticism by Lukács, Brecht,
Bejamin and Adorno. In the second part of the course we will read
Heidegger on art and on Hölderlins poetry, Gadamer on art, and de Man,
Warminski, and Gadamer on Hölderlin, to examine the various directions
Heidegger can be taken. The concluding section of the course will
look at Heideggerian, Marxist, and systems theoretical discussions of
the function of criticism, poetry, and the "institution" or "social
system" of art in general.
The primary purpose of the course is to familiarize students with two
influential sources of contemporary literature and cultural criticism.
Writing assignments in all likelihood will consist of either two
10-12-page conference papers, or one 20-25-page seminar paper of
topics of your choosing.
Benjamin, Walter. Charles Baudelaire.
Benjamin, Walter. Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner
Buerger, Peter. Theorie der Avantgarde.
Gadamer. Die Aktualität des Schönen.
Heidegger. Holzwege. On reserve.