Topographies of Culture

Siegfried Kracauer

Authored by: Andreas Huyssen

The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138333246
eBook ISBN: 9780429443374
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429443374-8

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Abstract

The chapter analyzes Kracauer’s life-long critical use of topographical metaphors of high and low culture, elite and popular, art and mass culture as constitutive for his sociological, cinematic, literary, and philosophical thought about twentieth-century metropolitan life. An older hierarchy is dismantled and vertical distinctions are put into a horizontal dimension. Kracauer thus laid the groundwork for post-Cold War understandings of modernism, media culture, and metropolitan experience.

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