Topography and Literature: Berlin and Modernism

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Reinhard Konrad Zachau
Isd, 2009 - History - 187 pages
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The contributions in this volume are based on a conference that was held at the University of the South in Tennessee (USA) in 2008. The papers investigate the impact Berlin's cityscape had on its artistic representation. In the first part, the impact of Berlin's city planning with its monumental Wilhelmine symbolism is explored in flaneur characters, e. g. in Georg Hermann's work. The main focus of the volume is on the second part with an investigation of the impact city planning had on Weimar Berlin's art and literature. In this section, a number of contributions show the interaction between space and art, e. g. in Walter Ruttmann, Hans Fallada and Alfred Doblin. The volume concludes with essays about the continuation of Weimar's modernism in contemporary culture.

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