By Henrik Reeh
Embellishes of the Metropolis
Siegfried Kracauer and glossy city Culture
By Henrik Reeh
Translated by way of John Irons
For Siegfried Kracauer, the city decoration used to be not only a side of layout; it used to be the medium during which urban dwellers interpreted the city itself. In adorns of the city, Henrik Reeh strains diversifications at the topic of the decoration in Kracauer's writings on urbanism, from his early journalism in Germany among the wars to his "sociobiography" of Jacques Offenbach in Paris. Kracauer (1889-1966), usually linked to the Frankfurt college and the highbrow milieu of Walter Benjamin, is healthier identified for his writings on cinema and the philosophy of background. Reeh examines Kracauer's lesser-known early paintings, a lot of it written for the trendsetting newspaper Frankfurter Zeitung within the Nineteen Twenties and early Thirties, and analyzes Kracauer's carrying on with reflections on glossy city existence, in the course of the pivotal notion of decoration. Kracauer deciphers the subjective adventure of town through viewing fragments of the town as dynamic embellishes; an employment alternate, an afternoon protect for the homeless, a film theater, and an enjoyment park turn into city microcosms.
Reeh specializes in 3 significant works written by way of Kracauer earlier than his emigration to the USA in 1940. within the early autobiographical novel Ginster, Written by way of Himself, a tender architect reveals aesthetic excitement within the decorative varieties which are principally unused within the career of the time. the gathering Streets of Berlin and in different places, with many essays from Kracauer's years in Berlin, records the subjectiveness of city existence. ultimately, Jacques Offenbach and the Paris of His Time indicates how the superficial—in a feeling, ornamental—milieu of the operetta developed right into a severe strength in the course of the moment Empire. Reeh argues that Kracauer's novel, essays, and historiography all recommend ways that the subjective can reappropriate city existence. The booklet additionally contains a sequence of pictures through the writer that replicate the decorative event of the city in Paris, Frankfurt, and different cities.
About the Author
Henrik Reeh is affiliate Professor within the division of Comparative Literature and sleek tradition on the college of Copenhagen.
"Henrik Reeh's adorns of the city uncovers the formerly hidden background of Kracauer's highbrow improvement and offers a useful portrait of 1 of the most important critics of 20th-century Weimar Germany. during this transparent and intensely good written account, Reeh exhibits Kracauer in all his complexity and brilliance as he wrestles with the emergence of the fashionable city and sleek city mass culture."
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