"Given its theoretical breadth and complexity of analysis, Purdy's investigation provides an essential complement to existing cultural criticism on architecture’s position within a subjective, emotionally determined aesthetics from idealism to Benjamin and beyond. . . . A timely contribution to the field of German studies, it holds far-reaching implications for those interested in the evolution of German aesthetic theory as well as those working in the fields of memory studies, urban and rural studies, and museum and monument studies. The volume will also serve as a valuable tool for scholars of architecture, art historians, comparatists, and all who endeavor to rethink the connections between architecture and the history of ideas."―Tracy N. Graves, Monatshefte (Winter 2012)
About the Author
Daniel Purdy is Director of Graduate German Studies at Penn State University. He is the author of The Tyranny of Elegance: Consumer Cosmopolitanism in the Era of Goethe and editor of The Rise of Fashion.