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Topics in German Romanticism - The Romantics and the Problem of the Political (Graduate)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2007

What is the political of political Romanticism? Since Carl Schmitt's writings on political Romanticism, it is commonplace to read Novalis, Adam Müller, F. Schlegel, and Eichendorff solely through a political lens. However, what "the political" is in relation to these authors and their texts is far from clear. Romantic authors are known for combining philosophical and aesthetic concepts with political ones. But the question of form remains troubling. The seminar will therefore place the political concepts within a history of political thought while analyzing the texts themselves as literary...

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Topics in Literary and Cultural Theory - Paradigms of Media Theory (Graduate)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2007

In an age of so-called "new" media, the question of how to theorize media has become more urgent than ever. To that end, this seminar will undertake a critical comparative examination of various models of media theory including the Toronto School (Ong, Innes, McLuhan), the Frankfurt School (Benjamin, Kracauer, Adorno/Horkheimer), and its British translation by the Birmingham School of cultural studies (Williams, Hall), systems theory (Luhmann), communications studies and American cultural studies, and finally the German paradigm of cultural technology studies (Kittler, Ernst, Vismann).

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