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Ansgar Martins & Lars Fischer

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 14: Siegfried Kracauer: Documentary Realist and Critic of Ideological ‘Homelessness’

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Siegfried Kracauer: Documentary Realist and Critic of Ideological ‘Homelessness’
Siegfried Kracauer: Documentary Realist and Critic of Ideological ‘Homelessness’
Ansgar Martins Lars Fischer

Siegfried Kracauer (1889–1966) was born into a Jewish family in Frankfurt.1 Following his parents’ wishes, he studied architecture, yet even then his true interests lay elsewhere, as his early engagement with Georg Simmel and phenomenology indicates. Already as a student, Kracauer wrote substantial philosophical texts, yet these would be published only in 2004. Viewed as a maverick by most established academics throughout his professional life, Kracauer enjoyed broad acclaim in the 1920s as a journalist working for Germany’s then foremost (liberal) daily, the Frankfurter Zeitung. In this prestigious capacity, he developed meaningful intellectual relationships with Benjamin, Bloch, ...

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