Berlin in the Twentieth Century
A Cultural Topography
By (author) Andrew J. Webber
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Berlin in the Twentieth Century by Andrew J. Webber
Book DescriptionBerlin has been the focal scene of some of the most dramatic and formative events of the twentieth century. Through periods of decadence, fascism, war, partition and reunification, it has seen both extraordinary constraint and creativity. Andrew Webber explores the cultural topography of Berlin and considers the city as key capital of the twentieth century, reflecting its history, its traumas and its achievements. He shows how its spaces and buildings participate in the drama by analysing how they are represented in literature and film. Taking his methodology from Walter Benjamin, Webber presents bold readings of works synonymous with Berlin, with authors from Bertolt Brecht and Franz Kafka to Christa Wolf, and directors from Walther Ruttmann to Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders. Across this range of material, twentieth-century Berlin is seen to be as ambivalent as it is fascinating.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521895729
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Andrew J. Webber
Berlin in the Twentieth Century, Paperback (March 2011)
An intriguing study of Berlin as a central theme in literature and film, reflecting its troubled but creative past.
European Avant-garde, Hardback (July 2004)
This book offers an informative and accessible cultural history of the European avant--garde in its early twentieth--century heyday. It provides comparative coverage of cultural experimentation across the major European languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Italian.
Doppelganger, Hardback (June 1996)» View all books by Andrew J. Webber
Ever since its literary coinage in Jean Paul's novel, "Siebenk", the concept of "doppelganger" has had significant influence upon representations of the self in German literature. This study charts the development of the double.
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Author Biography - Andrew J. Webber
Andrew Webber is Reader in Modern German and Comparative Literature at the University of Cambridge.
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