Writing Weimar: Critical Realism in German Literature, 1918-1933

Hardcover | March 15, 2000

byDavid Midgley

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The years of the Weimar Republic saw complex cultural change in Germany as well as political turmoil. Writing Weimar draws on the large amount of research done on the period since the 1980s in order to show how literary writers developed critical perspectives on the social and political issuesof the time, and how those perspectives were related to longer-term developments in German culture which run beyond the watershed events of 1918 and 1933. Individual chapters discuss the dominant trends in the poetry, the theatre, and the novel, as well as the literary representation of the city, oftechnology, and of the First World War. The book also sheds new light on one of the abiding mysteries of German culture in the 1920s: precisely what were the implications of the term Neue Sachlichkeit as it came to be applied to the cultural trends of the time?

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The years of the Weimar Republic saw complex cultural change in Germany as well as political turmoil. Writing Weimar draws on the large amount of research done on the period since the 1980s in order to show how literary writers developed critical perspectives on the social and political issuesof the time, and how those perspectives wer...

David Midgley is at St John's College, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198151799

ISBN - 13:9780198151791

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Writing under Weimar'Neue Sahclichkeit': The Career of an IdeaPoetry for Everyday Use?The Theatre as Political CommunityThe Novel I: Representing the TimesThe Novel II: Paths of DisillusionmentRemembering the WarThe City and the CountryTechnology versus HumanityEpilogueBibliographyIndex

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`Perspicuous ... No other book in English has discussed the (resultant) diverse literature with quite the same judicious erudition ... Highly recommended for nonspecialists and literary scholars alike.' M Winkler, CHOICE, Nov. 2000. Vol. 38, No.3.