Abstract

Dresden's historic reconstructions bring up questions that reach far beyond the city's new/old Neumarkt district. In this thesis, I would like to take a closer look at the current ideological discourse surrounding the reconstruction of destroyed historic buildings in Dresden and other cities in the former DDR. What seems at first to be a simple culture war between progressive and reactionary city planners is actually, I will argue, a unique historical moment that blurs the dogmatically held ideas of rationality and nostalgia, ornament and function, and high art and kitsch. From the uncanny shadow of a church recently raised from the dead, I will explore the aesthetic and ethical ramifications of the technologically reproduced building.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; Germanic and Slavic Languages

Rights

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Date Submitted

2010-08-10

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd3920

Keywords

Dresden, Frauenkirche, Historical Reconstruction, Neumarkt, East German Architecture, Modernism, Walter Benjamin, Aura, Kitsch

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