Spring 2018


Sixth Session

Thursday 8th June, 6-8pm, KCL Music Department, Strand Campus, SWB20

Mediating the Massive: Carlyle and Hardy

Clare Pettitt (KCL) and Aaron Rosenberg (KCL)


Thomas Carlyle, from Past and Present (London, 1843)

Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present

Thomas Hardy, from Two on a Tower (London, 1882)

Thomas Hardy Handout

Rachel Wells, ‘Introduction: Defining Scale’, Scale in Contemporary Sculpture: Enlargement, Miniaturisation and the Life-Size (Routledge, 2016), pp. 1-2

Rachel Wells, Defining Scale

Sianne Ngai, ‘Stuplimity’, Ugly Feelings (Harvard, 2005), please read pp. 261-84 (‘From Stupefaction to Stuplime Aesthetics’)

Sianne Ngai, Stuplimity

Further Reading:

Siegfried Kracauer, ‘The Mass Ornament’, from The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays, translated and edited by Thomas Y. Levin (Harvard, 1995)

Siegfried Kracauer, The Mass Ornament