Reading Germany: Literature and Consumer Culture in Germany Before 1933

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Berghahn Books, 2006 - History - 310 pages
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By closely examining the interaction between intellectual and material culture in the period before the Nazis came to power in Germany, the author comes to the conclusion that, contrary to widely held assumptions, consumer culture in the Weimar period, far from undermining reading, used reading culture to enhance its goods and values. Reading material was marked as a consumer good, while reading as an activity, raising expectations as it did, influenced consumer culture. Consequently, consumption contributed to the diffusion of reading culture, while at the same time a popular reading culture strengthened consumption and its values.

 

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Contents

Reading as a Barometer of German Society after
18
Reading Culture Reading Budgets
56
From the Commercialization of Reading
97
From Reading Books to Consumption of Books
147
List of Illustrations
192
The Struggle over Reading Studies of Reading
221
The pulp reader From Hans Wingender Erfahrungen
250
Conclusion
274
Index
305
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Gideon Reuveni nbsp;is Director of the Centre for German Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex. He is the co-editor ofnbsp; The Economy in Jewish Historynbsp; (Berghahn, 2010) and several other books on different aspects of Jewish history. Presently he is working on a book on consumer culture and the making of Jewish identity in Europe.

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