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Weimar and Now #27: Weimar Surfaces: Urban Visual Culture in 1920s Germany

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Publisher Comments:

"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

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

This book presents a history of mass culture in the making. It is an interdisciplinary, sophisticated, and provocative study of the Weimar visual modern, which, as Ward shows, is fundamentally connected to and relevant for our postmodern urban culture.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-320) and index.

About 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

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction. Modern Surface and Postmodern Simulation: A Retrospective Retrieval

Agendas of Surface and Simulacrum

Weimar Surfaces Now

Tactility in the City

Exhibiting Superficies

Philosophies of Counterfeit

Resistances to Weimar Surface

Surface, Academy, and World

1. Functionalist Façades: The Reformation of Weimar Architecture

The Building's New Face

Decoration Dos and Donts

Brave New World

Glass Culture

The Pains of Tabula Rasa

Surface Art at Home

Fashioning the Female Body

2. Electric Stimulations: The Shock of the New Objectivity in Weimar Advertising

Advertising as Power

Electric Modernity

The Architecture of Light

Shock Treatments

"Light Lures People," Rejecting the Modern

The Embrace of the Avant-Garde

Postmodernity and the Space of Advertising

3. Into the Mouth of the Moloch: Weimar Surface Culture Goes to the Movies

From Caligari-Effect to Film-Set Omnipotence

Kracauer versus the Weimar Film City

Celebratory Film Streets

The Weimar Movie Palaces: Façades on Façades

"The Total Artwork of Effects," Cinema and the Secularization of Ritual

4. The Display Window: Designs and Desires of Weimar Consumerism

The Phantasmagoria of Selling

Through the Looking Glass

The Opening in the Wall

Window Techniques

The Display Window as Mechanical-Age Artwork

Transparencies of Truth and Lie

Mannequins on Both Sides of the Glass

The Murderer at the Window

Post-Wall Re-Creations

Appendix: Selected Weimar Periodicals and Newspapers

Notes

Illustration Sources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520222991
Author:
Ward, Janet
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
History
Subject:
History, modern
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
European
Subject:
History - European
Subject:
Arts, Modern
Subject:
Modernism
Subject:
Arts, German.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
History - Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)
Subject:
Germany History 1918-1933.
Subject:
Arts, German -- 20th century.
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism
Series Volume:
TB 43-0002-3827
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
63 b/w photographs
Pages:
374
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.13 in 20 oz
Age Level:
The Politics of Memory, Identity, and Ethnicity </

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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.
"Synopsis" by , This book presents a history of mass culture in the making. It is an interdisciplinary, sophisticated, and provocative study of the Weimar visual modern, which, as Ward shows, is fundamentally connected to and relevant for our postmodern urban culture.
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