Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2024

  • Special Topics in Film – Thinking in Images: Siegfried Kracauer

    170 006 | CCN: 33612

    Nicholas Baer

    Location: Dwinelle 188

    Date and Time: M, W 12:30pm - 1:59pm

    4 Units

    This course focuses on one of the most important and influential of all film commentators, Siegfried Kracauer, whose career extended from 1920s Germany to 1960s America. We will examine Kracauer’s wide-ranging writings on topics such as gender, stardom, and consumer mass culture; fascist propaganda and national psychology; realist aesthetics and film experience; and time, history, and memory. Each week, we will discuss texts by Kracauer and his commentators in relation to significant works from the global history of cinema. Not least, we will explore what insights Kracauer's work offers into our contemporary media and political environment.