Berlin and Its Culture: A Historical Portrait

Berlin and Its Culture: A Historical Portrait

by Ronald Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300072007

ISBN-13: 9780300072006

Pub. Date: 12/28/1997

Publisher: Yale University Press

This beautiful book--a full cultural portrait of Berlin--reveals the spirit of this vital and important city by focusing on the culture it produced from its medieval beginnings to the reunification of 1990. Lavishly illustrated the book surveys the literature, philosophy, music, theater, and visual and decorative arts that emerged from, and were expressive of, the

Overview

This beautiful book--a full cultural portrait of Berlin--reveals the spirit of this vital and important city by focusing on the culture it produced from its medieval beginnings to the reunification of 1990. Lavishly illustrated the book surveys the literature, philosophy, music, theater, and visual and decorative arts that emerged from, and were expressive of, the evolving social patterns of the city. 50 color and 160 b&w illustrations. Size C. 448 pp.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300072006
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

PrefaceXI
MapXIV
I Prehistoric and Medieval Times1
Beginnings1
The Twin Towns: Berlin and Colln5
The Middle Ages6
II The Age of the Reformation14
The Culture of the Court15
The Reformation and Literature23
The Visual Arts25
III The Consolidation of Prussia29
Culture and War29
The Age of the Great Elector33
The Culture of a Capital37
Buildings and Handicrafts39
Music and the Stage48
Spartan Interregnum51
IV The Age of Enlightenment55
Fridericus Rex55
The Spirit of Enlightenment and the Power of the Word59
The Theatrical Scene66
The World of Music68
The Visual Arts76
V Romanticism89
Prussia and the French Revolution89
`Romantische Poesie'93
A New Theatre102
The Establishment and the Visual Arts103
VI Realism and Revolution114
From Liberalism to Nationalism114
Building for the State119
Painting from Romanticism to Realism127
The Literature of Realism133
The Stage137
Music in the Nineteenth Century139
VII The Self-Assurance of Empire153
Power and Pride153
Civic Glories156
Sculptors of Empire169
Painting and the Social Scene172
The Literature of Society184
Social Theatre194
Music for the People202
VIII The Years of the Weimar Republic210
A Republic for an Empire210
Architecture in the 1920s213
Expressionist Art219
The Expressionist Word233
Berlin and the Novel238
Theatre in the Weimar Years244
Cinema251
Short and Sharp: The Music of the Weimar Decade254
IX Nazi Berlin262
`Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer'262
The Nazi Canon of Literature264
`Whether `tis nobler in the mind ': The Literature of
Inner Emigration269
A Revolution Cast in Concrete: The Nazis and Architecture272
Painting and Sculpture275
Music under the Nazis282
X Two Berlins287
Emergence from Defeat287
Out of the Ruins: The City Builds294
The Literature of the West: DRAMA302
THE POETIC SELF308
THE NOVEL OF THE WEST313
The Literature of the East: `THE PLAY'S THE THING'322
LYRICAL REALISM331
THE NOVEL IN SOCIALISM336
Cinema: FILM IN WEST BERLIN345
DEFA AND EAST BERLIN347
Art in Socialist Realism351
The Visual Arts in West Berlin361
Musical Life in West Berlin370
The Capital of the DDR and Its Music377
Postscript386
Sources393
Bibliography398
Illustration Credits404
Index406

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