Modernity and Geschlecht I

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Modernity and Geschlecht I will explore configurations of Modernity and Geschlecht focusing on the rich connotations of the German term Geschlecht--sex, the feminine, species, descent, blood, family, race.

Course description

We will chart the landscapes of Ageschlecht@ and relating them to the problems of modernity in series of constellations such as Nietzsche, Andreas-Salome on Arenaming the human@, Simmel, Adorno/Horkeimer on Athe utopian feminine,@ Freud, Weininger, Andreas-Salome on masochism and narcissism, Kirchner, Nolde, Benn, Lasker-Schueler on primitivism/racism, Dix and Grosz on the AGreat War@ and Lustmord, Benjamin, Kracauer, Ch. Wolff on flanerie and the public space.

Books and chapters

Neitzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Genealogy of Morals; Andreas-Salome, Nietzsche; selected essays, Fenitschka and Deviation; Simmel, selected essays, Adorno/Horkeimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment; Freud, selected essays, Weininger, Sex and Character, Benn, Ronne stories, poetry, Lasker-Schuler, poetry, Hebrew ballads, Benjamin, Baudelaire, Arcade Project, Kracauer, Mass Ornament, Wolff, Hindsight; selected drawings and paintings by Kirchner, Nolde, Dix and Grosz.


The course will be conducted as a seminar. Required work, participation, oral presentations and one substantial final paper.