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PH967 - Benjamin, Lukács, Brecht, Adorno: The Search for Revolutionary Aesthetics

  • Module code: PH967
  • Module name: Benjamin, Lukács, Brecht, Adorno: The Search for Revolutionary Aesthetics
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 20, 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module will explore the mutually fruitful relationship between Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht and their attempts to devise a self-consciously modernist materialist aesthetics which is not based on Kantian premises. Benjamin’s and Brecht’s critique of bourgeois aesthetics and their configuration of a non-subject-centred aesthetics is a response to a critical point in the history of modernity and an attempt to construct an emphatic experience of the modernist present.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should have a good scholarly understanding of the central concepts of Walter Benjamin and their relation to Brecht's theatre. They should be able to critically assess and interpret central philosophical concerns and problems of a materialist aesthetic . They will studied key texts by Benjamin, Brecht, Lukacs and Adorno and should have a sound grasp of their key concepts.

Timetabled teaching activities

Wekly 2 hour Seminar in Term 2

Departmental link

http://www.warwick.ac.uk/go/ph967

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: PH967-20)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%
30 CATS (Module code: PH967-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Continental Philosophy (V7P2) - Year 2
Optional
  • Postgraduate Taught Philosophy and Literature (V7P7) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Philosophy (V7PL) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Philosophy (V7PM) - Year 2