German Cultural Studies: An Introduction

Paperback | October 1, 1995

EditorRob Burns

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Major changes have been taking place in the context of German Studies in both secondary and higher eduction, with the focus shifting to a broader range of cultural forms. Based on the view that cultures are the products of class, place, gender and race, German Cultural Studies: AnIntroduction takes account of these changes and adopts an interdisciplinary approach in its wide-ranging study of German culture and society since 1871, emphasizing recent and contemporary developments.Chronological sections on Imperial Germany, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic chart the growth of modernisation and the culture industry in Germany, and examine the extent to which culture in any given period functions as an instrument ofideological manipulation or critical enlightenment. Throughout, the emphasis is on the interactions of culture, society and ideology, and the role of culture in both public and private consciousnesses.Copiously illustrated, and with guidance for further reading, the volume will be essential reading for anyone interested in modern and contemporary German society and its culture.

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Major changes have been taking place in the context of German Studies in both secondary and higher eduction, with the focus shifting to a broader range of cultural forms. Based on the view that cultures are the products of class, place, gender and race, German Cultural Studies: AnIntroduction takes account of these changes and adopts ...

Rob Burns has published studies on working-class culture, Arbeiterbewegung in der Weimarer Republik (with W. van der Will, 2 vols., Berlin-Ullstein, 1982) and on the political culture of the Federal Republic Protest and Democracy in West Germany (with W. van der Will, London, Macmillan, 1988).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198715030

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List of IllustrationsList of ContributorsIntroductionRob Burns: 1. Robin Lenman, John Osborne, Eda Sagarra: Imperial Germany: Towards the Commercialization of CultureThe Concept of Culture in Imperial GermanyThe Cultural Foundation of the PublicLiterary CultureVisual Culture: The Institutional FrameworkHigh-Cultural ImagesImages for the MassesSuggested Further Reading2. Stephen Lamb, Anthony Phelan: Weimar Culture: The Birth of ModernismDefending Tradition: The Reaction against ModernityWeimar Germany's Modernist Political Project: Theory and PracticeDefinitions of CultureModernism and its MalcontentsNeue Sachlichkeit: The Weimar Structure of FeelingThe Social Fabric on the Weimar StageWeimar and the Meaning of PhotographyThe Cinema and Brecht's Kuhle WampeWeimar Criticized: Three Cultural Critics on the Rise and Fall of the RepublicSuggested Further Reading3. Wilfried van der Will: Culture and the Organization of National Socialist Ideology 1933 to 1945The Fatal Plausibility of Anti-Democratic Rhetoric in 1933The Shock of Modernism and the Myth of the VolkThe Gleichschaltung of the Media and the ReichskulturkammerThe 1936 Olympiad and the ThingspielLiterature and Philosophy in the Nazi EraThe Aesthetics of Art and Music in Everyday LifeThe Uses of the Cinema under National SocialismCulture as Mass DeceptionSuggested Further Reading4. Axel Goodbody, Dennis Tate, Ian Wallace: The Failed Socialist Experiment: Culture in the GDRCultural Renewal and National AspirationsCold War ConstraintsThe Achievements of the `Thaw' YearsRepression in the Guise of `Cultural Revolution'The Emergence of a Distinctive GDR CultureThe Elventh Plenum and Repressive Cultural Policies in the Second Half of the 1960sNo Taboos?The Bierman Affair and the `Lex Heym'The Threat to Peace and the EnvironmentThe Limits of Female EmancipationModernism and the Challenge to Official CultureThe Final CrisisSuggested Further Reading5. Keith Bullivant, C. Jane Rice: Reconstruction and Integration: The Culture of West German Stabilization 1945 to 19681945: Germany's Zero Hour?Women and Post-War ReconstructionThe Culture of Restoration: The Mass Media, Literature and the CinemaWomen in the Cultural Life of the Adenauer EraThe Affluent Society and West German PoliticsThe Politicization of West German Culture and the Rise of the Extra-Parliamentary OppositionWorking-Class Culture and the Emergence of a Counter-Culture1968: the Year of RevolutionSuggested Further Reading6. Rob Burns, Wilfried van der Will: The Federal Republic 1968 to 1990: From the Industrial Society to the Culture SocietyThe Emergence of the Kulturgesellschaft as a Political ProgrammeSocial Change and the Increasing Importance of CultureThe Culture Industry and the Critical IntelligentsiaThe Culture of the `German Autumn'The Postmodern TurnThe Cultural Projections of FeminismProblems of the Multicultural SocietyAmericanization and National IdentitySuggested Further Reading7. Godfrey Carr, Georgina Paul: Unification and its Aftermath: The Challenge of HistoryCultural Unification: A Western Takeover?The Problem of Cultural IdentityIntellectual Debate and Political CultureSuggested Further ReadingChronology of EventsIndex

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`This volume deserves to be warmly welcomed. Rob Burns and his team are to be congratulated on this splendid collaborative venture - not least for its thematic coherence and consistency ... for social and cultural historians of Germany this volume will be of great interest, but it will beespecially warmly received by all Germanists with interests in the period, whether they are devotees of cultural studies or old-fashioned lettrists. Its sheer usefulness, as in the hints towards further reading after each chapter, will guarantee it a place on many reading- lists.'Jim Simpson, University of Liverpool, German History, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1997