Berlin in the Twentieth Century: A Cultural Topography by Andrew J. WebberBerlin in the Twentieth Century: A Cultural Topography by Andrew J. Webber

Berlin in the Twentieth Century: A Cultural Topography

byAndrew J. Webber

Paperback | March 3, 2011

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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.
Title:Berlin in the Twentieth Century: A Cultural TopographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:March 3, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521188741

ISBN - 13:9780521188746

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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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"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