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

by Janet Ward
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520222997

ISBN-13: 9780520222991

Pub. Date: 04/04/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

"This outstanding book has retrieved all the luminous qualities of its subject matter to produce an astonishing revelation of gleaming appearances on splendid display. It is unrivalled by any previous study."-Marcus Bullock, coeditor of Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings 1913-26

"Weimar Surfaces creates provocative new connections between the historical

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"This outstanding book has retrieved all the luminous qualities of its subject matter to produce an astonishing revelation of gleaming appearances on splendid display. It is unrivalled by any previous study."-Marcus Bullock, coeditor of Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings 1913-26

"Weimar Surfaces creates provocative new connections between the historical constellations that found a privileged expression in Weimar Berlin and the more contemporary debates on the legacies of modernism and modernity. A compelling study."-Sabine Hake, author of The Cinema's Third Machine

"Janet Ward's study of Weimar architecture and design is the most comprehensive and integrated study of the surface of Weimar experience yet written. . . . A first-rate and stimulating book."-Sander L. Gilman, coauthor of Hysteria Beyond Freud

Author Biography: 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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ISBN-13:
9780520222991
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/04/2001
Series:
Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism Series, #27
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxv
Introduction: Modern Surface and Postmodern Simulation: a Retrospective Retrieval1
Agendas of Surface and Simulacrum1
Weimar Surfaces Now8
Tactility in the City14
Exhibiting Superficies18
Philosophies of Counterfeit24
Resistances to Weimar Surface37
Surface, Academy, and World41
Chapter 1.Functionalist Facades: The Reformation of Weimar Architecture45
The Building's New Face45
Decoration Do's and Don'ts52
Brave New World56
Glass Culture62
The Pains of Tabula Rasa69
Surface Art at Home74
Fashioning the Female Body81
Chapter 2.Electric Stimulations: The Shock of the New Objectivity in Weimar Advertising92
Advertising as Power92
Electric Modernity101
The Architecture of Light110
Shock Treatments116
"Light Lures People,"128
Rejecting the Modern133
The Embrace of the Avant-Garde136
Postmodernity and the Space of Advertising140
Chapter 3.Into the Mouth of the Moloch: Weimar Surface Culture Goes to the Movies142
From Caligari-Effect to Film-Set Omnipotence142
Kracauer versus the Weimar Film City147
Celebratory Film Streets155
The Weimar Movie Palaces: Facades on Facades163
"The Total Artwork of Effects,"172
Cinema and the Secularization of Ritual181
Chapter 4.The Display Window: Designs and Desires of Weimar Consumerism191
The Phantasmagoria of Selling191
Through the Looking Glass198
The Opening in the Wall208
Window Techniques215
The Display Window as Mechanical-Age Artwork220
Transparencies of Truth and Lie223
Mannequins on Both Sides of the Glass228
The Murderer at the Window233
Post-Wall Re-Creations240
AppendixSelected Weimar Periodicals and Newspapers241
Notes245
Illustration Sources321
Index325

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