Examining Kracauer, The Nation reviews ‘Culture in the Anteroom’

by Shaun Manning on December 21, 2012

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In a review essay celebrating Siegfried Kracauer’s foundational thinking on the sociology of cinema, The Nation cites Gerd Gemünden and Johannes von Moltke’s edited volume Culture in the Anteroom: The Legacies of Siegfried Kracauer, published earlier this year. Sixty-five years after the publication of From Caligari to Hitler, J. Hoberman writes, “the ideas advanced by Kracauer … permeate the popular analysis of popular culture.” The writer cites Culture in the Anteroom in his discussion of Kracauer, before concluding that “His work is essentially journalistic—best appreciated as a succession of often brilliant insights rather than a somewhat plodding system, and no less impressive for that.”

Read the full article at The Nation, and delve deeper into Kracauer’s work with Culture in the Anteroom.

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