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Spectacle

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Edited By Jennifer Creech and Thomas O. Haakenson

How does the visual nature of spectacle inform the citizenry, destabilize the political, challenge aesthetic convention and celebrate cultural creativity? What are the limits – aesthetic, political, social, cultural, economic – of spectacle? How do we explain the inherently exclusionary, revolutionary, dehumanizing and utopian elements of spectacle?
In this book, authors from the fields of cultural studies, cinema studies, history and art history examine the concept of spectacle in the German context across various media forms, historical periods and institutional divides. Drawing on theoretical models of spectacle by Guy Debord, Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, Jonathan Crary and Michel Foucault, the contributors to this volume suggest that a decidedly German concept of spectacle can be gleaned from critical interventions into exhibitions, architectural milestones, audiovisual materials and cinematic and photographic images emerging out of German culture from the Baroque to the contemporary.
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DEBORAH ASCHER BARNSTONE is professor of architecture at University of Technology, Sydney. She holds a PhD in architectural history from the TU, Delft; a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University; and a BA cum laude degree from Barnard College. Her work interrogates the origins of classical modernism and explores the relationships between art, architecture and culture more broadly. Her first book, The Transparent State: Architecture and Politics in Postwar Germany (2005), examines the myth of transparency in West German politics and the state architecture designed to house the new democracy. She has published scholarly articles in Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Design History, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Journal of Architecture and New German Critique.

JACOB M. BAUM is currently Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University specializing in the history of early modern Germany, with emphasis on the cultural and religious transformations of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. His research and teaching interests include the history of daily life, the senses, witchcraft and demonology, and Jewish-Christian relations in the early modern period. He is currently preparing his book manuscript, Reformation of the Senses: A Historical Phenomenology of Religion in Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century Germany, which attempts to answer the question of how the early Protestant Reformation changed the sensual worship practices of the late medieval church.

BRECHTJE BEUKER earned her PhD in German from the University of Minnesota. After having served on the faculty at the University of Georgia and the University...

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