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Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture

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This fascinating exploration of a work that was the epitome of German literary modernism illuminates in chilling detail the death of the Weimar Republic's left-leaning culture of innovation and experimentation. Peter Jelavich examines Alfred Dand#246;blin's Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929), a novel that questioned the autonomy and coherence of the human personality in the modern metropolis, and traces the radical discrepancies that came with its adaptation into a radio play (1930) and a film (1931). Jelavich explains these discrepancies by examining not only the varying demands of genre and technology but also the political and economic contexts of the mediaand#151;in particular, the censorship practices in German radio and film. His analysis culminates in a richly textured discussion of the complex factors that led to the demise of Weimar culture, as Nazi intimidation and the economic strains of the Depression induced producers to depoliticize their works. Jelavich's book becomes a cautionary tale about how fear of outspoken right-wing politicians can curtail and eliminate the arts as a critical counterforce to politicsand#151;all in the name of entertainment.

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"This is cultural history at its best. Jelavich offers a compelling case study that illuminates the 'death of Weimar culture' in chilling detail. No other work informs us so masterfully about the mechanisms of media censorship and authorial self-censorship during the last years of the Weimar Republic."and#151;Bernd Widdig, author of Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany

"Jelavich's unique approach constitutes a brilliant achievement. He constructs a prism of the novel, radio play, and film of Berlin Alexanderplatz that reflects the political, social, and cultural conditions of the disintegrating Weimar Republic against the rise of Nazism."and#151;Michael H. Kater, author of Hitler Youth

"Berlin Alexanderplatz represents historical and cultural scholarship at its best. Though meticulously researched and documented, Jelavich does not drown the reader in historical data. This is a stimulating and persuasive read."and#151;Lutz Koepnick, author of Dark Mirror: German Cinema between Hollywood and Hitler

About the Author

Peter Jelavich, Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, is author of Berlin Cabaret (1993) and Munich and Theatrical Modernism: Politics, Playwriting, and Performance, 1890-1914 (1985).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

1. The Novel Berlin Alexanderplatz

2. Politics and Censorship at the Berlin Radio Hour

3. Cultural Programming and Radio Plays

4. The Radio Play The Story of Franz Biberkopf

5. Film Censorship in the Weimar Era

6. Nazi Threats to Film

7. The Film Berlin Alexanderplatz

Epilogue

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520259973
Author:
Jelavich, Peter
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Film - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism
Series Volume:
37
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b/w photographs
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 15 oz

Related Subjects

Engineering » Communications » Radio
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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"This is cultural history at its best. Jelavich offers a compelling case study that illuminates the 'death of Weimar culture' in chilling detail. No other work informs us so masterfully about the mechanisms of media censorship and authorial self-censorship during the last years of the Weimar Republic."and#151;Bernd Widdig, author of Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany

"Jelavich's unique approach constitutes a brilliant achievement. He constructs a prism of the novel, radio play, and film of Berlin Alexanderplatz that reflects the political, social, and cultural conditions of the disintegrating Weimar Republic against the rise of Nazism."and#151;Michael H. Kater, author of Hitler Youth

"Berlin Alexanderplatz represents historical and cultural scholarship at its best. Though meticulously researched and documented, Jelavich does not drown the reader in historical data. This is a stimulating and persuasive read."and#151;Lutz Koepnick, author of Dark Mirror: German Cinema between Hollywood and Hitler

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