Weimar Surfaces: Urban Visual Culture in 1920s Germany / Edition 1

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Overview


Germany of the 1920s offers a stunning moment in modernity, a time when surface values first became determinants of taste, activity, and occupation: modernity was still modern, spectacle was still spectacular. Janet Ward's luminous study revisits Weimar Germany via the lens of metropolitan visual culture, analyzing the power that 1920s Germany holds for today's visual codes of consumerism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520222991
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/4/2001
  • Series: Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism Series , #27
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 374
  • Sales rank: 1,204,033
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Ward is Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the coeditor of Agonistics: Arenas of Creative Contest (1997), co-editor of the forthcoming German Studies in the Post-Holocaust Age: The Politics of Memory, Identity, and Ethnicity (2001) and is currently writing a book on post-Wall architecture in Berlin

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Modern Surface and Postmodern Simulation: A Retrospective Retrieval 1
Ch. 1 Functionalist Facades: The Reformation of Weimar Architecture 45
Ch. 2 Electric Stimulations: The Shock of the New Objectivity in Weimar Advertising 92
Ch. 3 Into the Mouth of the Moloch: Weimar Surface Culture Goes to the Movies 142
Ch. 4 The Display Window: Designs and Desires of Weimar Consumerism 191
App Selected Weimar Periodicals and Newspapers 241
Notes 245
Illustration Sources 321
Index 325
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