HAVC 135B : German Art 1905-1945Main MenuHAVC 135B: German Art, 1905-1945This is the course website for HAVC 135B, Summer Session 2 at the University of California - Santa CruzCourse DescriptionThis is a short blurb about the course.Course BasicsUnit One: "German" Art or Art of the World?In this unit, we will examine the art, culture, and aesthetic philosophy of Germany's 19th century.Unit Two: Spirit, Material, Revolution, and DiscontentUnit Three: Total Control: Art and Culture in Nazi GermanyUnit Four: Cold War Premises: Rebuilding Two GermanysSara Blaylock, UC Santa Cruz90c69acc85f129272be0130feae47fb850768599
Is it possible to divorce form from content? What about in politically volatile circumstances? In other words, can a Nazi-era cultural artifact be interpreted purely for its aesthetics? Why or why not?
12016-08-23T20:55:40-07:00HAVC 135B48dc63e105cb9494c4b97f5905d76e011b4b6a55101363plain2016-09-02T02:02:55-07:00Sara Blaylock, UC Santa Cruz90c69acc85f129272be0130feae47fb850768599I feel that form and and content is a cohesive whole; in other words, content could be reflected from the form. The film "Triumph of the Will" is just a case in point. By depicting the dominating role and leadership of Hitler, the historical culture can be presented in a obvious way. Also, a Nazi-era cultural artifact cannot be interpreted purely for its aesthetics because it authentically covers a lot of aspects with the filmic technique-camera angles, including the historical affairs, Germany's unification and solidarity.