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.
College and Department
Humanities; Germanic and Slavic Languages
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Guthrie, Elizabeth Rae, "The Work of Architecture in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility" (2010). Theses and Dissertations. 2280.
Dresden, Frauenkirche, Historical Reconstruction, Neumarkt, East German Architecture, Modernism, Walter Benjamin, Aura, Kitsch