GMST 465

Adorno, Benjamin and Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Units: 1.5

Hours: 3-0

Explores Frankfurt School Critical Theory through the cultural context of Weimar modernism through the fascist period to Germany in the 1960s. Emphasis on Benjamin and Adorno/Horkheimer, but also covers aspects of Hegel and Marx as well as philosophers of the second generation of the Frankfurt School. Juxtaposes the theory with relevant examples from media, film, avant-garde and popular music and also includes forays into the poetry and writings of Hölderlin, Kafka, Brecht, Celan and Enzensberger.


  • Credit will be granted for only one of GMST 465, GMST 410 (if taken as section A01 in Sep-Dec 2015).

Undergraduate course in Germanic Studies offered by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies in the Faculty of Humanities.

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