Allegories of Modernity: from Benjamin to Agamben (GER 227)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2009

This course will study how literary and theoretical texts reflect upon the period around 1900. What is modern? How is modernity defined, constructed and invented in writings by Walter Benjamin, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Sigmund Freud, Theodor W. Adorno, Jean-Francois Lyotard, and Giorgio Agamben? Note: Readings and discussions in English.