Critical Realism: History, Photography, and the Work of Siegfried Kracauer

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994 - 350 pages
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A respected journalist and film critic for Frankfurt Zeitung during the Weimar period, Siegfried Kracauer worked with a more comprehensive concept of cultural modernity than did his friends Bloch, Adorno and Benjamin. Sensitive to the postwar experience of rapid technological advances and profound cultural transformation, he emphasized the contemporary significance of the documentary imagimation. Though he acknowledged that reality is a construction, its modern pluralism suggested to him modalities of objectivity rather than despair of it.

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CHAPTER ONE Time and Knowledge
CHAPTER Two Contemporaneity and the Concept of History
CHAPTER THREE Representation as Reclamation

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