In this work David C. Durst explores the development of modernism in the philosophy, politics, and culture of the first German Republic between 1918 and 1933. Through a reasoned critique of various Weimar intellectual figures such as Ernst Bloch, Martin Heidegger, and Theodor Adorno, Durst offers clarity and insight into the various aesthetic postures of the interwar period. From the cultural vibrancy of the early Weimar period to the eventual decay towards fascism and Nazi rule,Weimar Modernism provides a new and coherent way to examine this important era, which has often been presented in a fragmented manner.
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About the Author
David Durst is Associate Professor of Philosophy at American University in Bulgaria.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: Weimar Modernism Chapter 2 Ernst Bloch's Theory of Nonsimultaneity Chapter 3 Berlin Dada, Carl Schmitt, Georg Lukács and the Critique of Contemplation Chapter 4 From Contemplation to Distraction. The Culture of Inflation and the Inflation of Culture Chapter 5 The Art of Disappearance: Adorno's Aesthetics of Modernism and Alban Berg's Music Chapter 6 From Distraction to Mobilization: Ernst Jünger, Photography, and the Imperial Gaze of the Worker Chapter 7 From Mobilization to Interruption: Dialectic at a Standstill or Walter Benjamin on the Politicization of the Aesthetic in Brecht's Epic Theater