In 1926--Living On The Edge Of Time / Edition 1

In 1926--Living On The Edge Of Time / Edition 1

by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674000552

ISBN-13: 9780674000551

Pub. Date: 02/15/1998

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Travel back to the year 1926 and into the rush of experiences that made people feel they were living on the edge of time. Touch a world where speed seemed the very essence of life. It is a year for which we have no expectations. It was not 1066 or 1588 or 1945, yet it was the year A. A. Milne published Winnie-the-Pooh and Alfred Hitchcock released his first

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Travel back to the year 1926 and into the rush of experiences that made people feel they were living on the edge of time. Touch a world where speed seemed the very essence of life. It is a year for which we have no expectations. It was not 1066 or 1588 or 1945, yet it was the year A. A. Milne published Winnie-the-Pooh and Alfred Hitchcock released his first successful film, The Lodger. A set of modern masters was at work--Jorge Luis Borges, Babe Ruth, Leni Riefenstahl, Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, Greta Garbo, Franz Kafka, Gertrude Stein, Martin Heidegger--while factory workers, secretaries, engineers, architects, and Argentine cattle-ranchers were performing their daily tasks.

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht opens up the space-time continuum by exploring the realities of the day such as bars, boxing, movie palaces, elevators, automobiles, airplanes, hair gel, bullfighting, film stardom, dance crazes, and the surprise reappearance of King Tut after a three-thousand-year absence. From the vantage points of Berlin, Buenos Aires, and New York, Gumbrecht ranges widely through the worlds of Spain, Italy, France, and Latin America. The reader is allowed multiple itineraries, following various routes from one topic to another and ultimately becoming immersed in the activities, entertainments, and thought patterns of the citizens of 1926.

We learn what it is to be an "ugly American" in Paris by experiencing the first mass influx of American tourists into Europe. We visit assembly lines which turned men into machines. We relive a celebrated boxing match and see how Jack Dempsey was beaten yet walked away with the hearts of the fans. We hear the voice of Adolf Hitler condemning tight pants on young men. Gumbrecht conveys these fragments of history as a living network of new sensibilities, evoking in us the excitement of another era.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674000551
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/15/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
524
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

User's Manual

Arrays

Airplanes

Americans in Paris

Assembly Lines

Automobiles

Bars

Boxing

Bullfighting

Cremation

Dancing

Elevators

Employees

Endurance

Engineers

Gomina

Gramophones

Hunger Artists

Jazz

League of Nations

Mountaineering

Movie Palaces

Mummies

Murder

Ocean Liners

Polarities

Railroads

Reporters

Revues

Roof Gardens

Six-Day

Races

Stars

Strikes

Telephones

Timepieces

Wireless Communication

Codes

Action vs. Impotence

Authenticity vs. Artificiality

Center vs. Periphery

Immanence vs. Transcendence

Individuality vs. Collectivity

Male vs. Female

Present vs. Past

Silence vs. Noise

Sobriety vs. Exuberance

Uncertainty vs. Reality

Codes Collapsed

Action = Impotence (Tragedy)

Authenticity = Artificiality (Life)

Center = Periphery (Infinitude)

Immanence = Transcendence(Death)

Individuality = Collectivity (Leader)

Male = Female (Gender Trouble)

Present = Past (Eternity)

Frames

After Learning from History

Being-in-the-Worlds of 1926: Martin Heidegger, Hans Friedrich Blunck, Carl Van Vechten

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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