Image: "Breakers" (1936) by Emil Nolde
Is it right to admire works created by artists we despise? In this lecture, James Skidmore explores whether it’s possible to separate art from the artists.
Using three case studies from German culture – Leni Riefenstahl (filmmaker), Emil Nolde (painter), and Peter Handke (writer) – Skidmore will discuss the thorny issues surrounding the appreciation and study of creative works by creators whose political or social views we find abhorrent.
Review the lecture transcript.
James Skidmore is the Director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, a research institute at the University of Waterloo. A member of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies since 2000, Skid studied at the University of Saskatchewan before earning his PhD at Princeton University. Professor Skidmore research focuses on the representation of political and social change in contemporary German-language literature and film. He is also an award-winning instructor who specializes in online and open education. Learn more at https://jamesmskidmore.com.
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