Excavating Adolf Loos's Cultural Criticism

Stewart, Janet Caroline (1998) Excavating Adolf Loos's Cultural Criticism. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Adolf Loos (1870-1933), architect and Kulturkritiker, was a key figure in discussions centring on the nature of modernity in Vienna at the turn of the century. In the last fifteen years, significant progress has been made in the field of Loos scholarship. However, the focus of much of this work has been illumination of Loos's architecture through the medium of architectural history, and Loos's textual works have therefore been interpreted selectively, resulting in an incomplete picture of his oeuvre. The emphasis on Loos as architect obscures other ways of seeing him, such as the theorist of modernity and the Kulturkritiker. This study aims to redress the balance by recognising the multiplicity of language-games of which Loos was a member. This full-length analysis of Loos's textual oeuvre, preceded only by Amanshauser (1985) and Roth (1995), is the first to appear in English and serves to present a 'new' perspective on Loos.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: David Frisby
Keywords: German literature, Architecture
Date of Award: 1998
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1998-74471
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 18:12
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 18:12
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/74471

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