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Berlin in the Twentieth Century
A Cultural Topography

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  • Date Published: October 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521895729

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  • Berlin 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.

    • An overview of Berlin and the writing, art and film it produced in the twentieth century
    • Includes close analyses of key literature and films such as Wings of Desire and Berlin Alexanderplatz
    • Analyses the city as a key theme in different art forms while addressing how the city influenced them
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    "Webber is clearly well-versed in these materials--texts and scholarship alike--and shines his analytical light into the deepest corners of his texts, illuminating all their connections with one another, backwards, forwards, and sideways."
    German Studies Review, Ulf Zimmermann, Kennesaw State University

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    • Date Published: October 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521895729
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword: Berlin is worth a journey
    Introduction: capital of the twentieth century?
    1. Berlin chronicle: thresholds and boundaries
    2. Berlin ensemble: inhabitations and accommodations
    3. Berlin symphonies: movements and stills
    4. Berlin Alexanderplatz: alterations and reconstructions
    5. Berlin Wall: divisions and falls
    6. Berlin marathon: openings and closures
    Afterword: Goodbye to Berlin?
    Bibliography.

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    Andrew J. Webber, University of Cambridge

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