The Question of Culture in Modern European Thought

History 103B.003

Fall 2006
Section: 
Instructor (text): 
Jay
Location: 
108 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
Th 10-12
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Units: 
Units

This seminar will examine the issue of culture, high and low, elite and inclusive, in the last three centuries of European thought. We will look at British, French, German and Austrian thinkers who pondered the meaning of culture and its implications for politics, ethics and art. We will also investigate the ways in which visual culture as a concept has emerged in recent years. Among the thinkers we will read are Sigmund Freud, Matthew Arnold, Georg Lukâˆ_°cs, Theodor W. Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Terry Eagleton, Raymond Williams, Carl Schorske and Pierre Bourdieu.