Reading Berlin 1900 / Edition 1

Reading Berlin 1900 / Edition 1

by Peter Fritzsche
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674748824

ISBN-13: 9780674748828

Pub. Date: 01/20/1998

Publisher: Harvard University Press


The great cities at the turn of the century were mediated by words--newspapers, advertisements, signs, and schedules--by which the inhabitants lived, dreamed, and imagined their surroundings. In this original study of the classic text of urban modernism--the newspaper page--Peter Fritzsche analyzes how reading and writing dramatized Imperial Berlin and anticipated…  See more details below

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The great cities at the turn of the century were mediated by words--newspapers, advertisements, signs, and schedules--by which the inhabitants lived, dreamed, and imagined their surroundings. In this original study of the classic text of urban modernism--the newspaper page--Peter Fritzsche analyzes how reading and writing dramatized Imperial Berlin and anticipated the modernist sensibility that celebrated discontinuity, instability, and transience. It is a sharp-edged story with cameo appearances by Georg Simmel, Walter Benjamin, and Alfred Döblin. This sumptuous history of a metropolis and its social and literary texts provides a rich evocation of a particularly exuberant and fleeting moment in history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674748828
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/20/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
1,050,059
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Word City

Readers and Metropolitans

Physiognomy of the City

The City as Spectacle

Illegible Texts

Plot Lines

Other Texts of Exploration

Notes

Index

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