New PDF release: The Curious Humanist: Siegfried Kracauer in America

By Johannes von Moltke

through the Weimar Republic, Siegfried Kracauer tested himself as a trenchant theorist of movie, tradition, and modernity, and he's now one among the most important thinkers of the 20 th century. while he arrived in ny aboard a crowded refugee send in 1941, besides the fact that, he used to be nearly unknown within the usa and had but to put in writing his best-known books, From Caligari to Hitler and Theory of Film. Johannes von Moltke information the complex ways that the yankee highbrow and political context formed Kracauer’s seminal contributions to movie experiences and indicates how, in flip, Kracauer’s American writings assisted in shaping the emergent self-discipline. utilizing archival assets and targeted readings, von Moltke asks what it potential to think about Kracauer because the ny highbrow he turned within the final region century of his existence. Adopting a transatlantic viewpoint on Kracauer’s paintings, von Moltke demonstrates how he pursued questions in dialog with modern critics from Theodor Adorno to Hannah Arendt, from Clement Greenberg to Robert Warshow: questions about the origins of totalitarianism and the authoritarian character; approximately low and high tradition; approximately liberalism, democracy, and what it capability to be human. From those wide-flung debates, Kracauer’s personal voice emerges as that of an incisive cultural critic invested in a humanist figuring out of the cinema. 

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