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The Cambridge companion to modern German culture
Kolinsky, Eva.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xix, 365 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23cm.
The citizen and the state in modern Germany / Peter Pulzer -- German national identity / John Breuilly -- Elites and class structure / Hans-Georg Betz -- Jews in German society / Andrei S. Markovits, Beth Simone Noveck and Carolyn Höfig -- Non-German minorities, women and the emergence of civil society / Eva Kolinsky -- Critiques of culture / Andrew Bowie -- The functions of 'Volkskultur', mass culture and alternative culture / Wilfried Van Der Will -- The development of German prose fiction / Martin Swales -- Modern German poetry / Karen Leeder -- German drama, theatre and dance / Michael Patterson and Michael Huxley -- Music in modern German culture / Erik Levi -- Modern German art / Irit Rogoff -- Modern German architecture / Iain Boyd Whyte -- German cinema / Martin Brady and Helen Hughes -- The media of mass communication: the press, radio and television / Holger Briel.

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DD204 .C36 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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One of the most intriguing questions of our time is how some of the masterpieces of modernity originated in a country in which personal liberty and democracy were slow to emerge. This Companion provides an authoritative account of modern German culture since the onset of industrialisation, the rise of mass society and the nation state. Newly written and researched by experts in their respective fields, individual chapters trace developments in German culture - including national identity, class, Jews in German society, minorities and women, the functions of folk and mass culture, poetry, drama, theatre, dance, music, art, architecture, cinema and mass media - from the nineteenth century to the present. Guidance is given for further reading and a chronology is provided. In its totality the Companion shows how the political and social processes that shaped modern Germany are intertwined with cultural genres and their agendas of creative expression.

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Choice Review

Essays in this volume survey 20th-century poetry, prose, mass culture, theater, music, the visual arts, the media and film. The essays are preceded by brief descriptions of Germany's checkered history, national identity, minorities and women in German society, and an introduction by the editors that frames German culture by its division (e.g., modernity versus tradition, reaction versus progressivism). It is difficult to know the audience for this work; the pieces are too brief and its topics too well known for experts, but they assume a level of knowledge that undergraduates may find bewildering. The authors are familiar and respected Germanists. However, the introduction focuses primarily on negative aspects of German culture. Several of the essays are written in the passive voice, using abstractions and containing little detail that would have added texture and interest to the wooden prose style. The volume may be useful to graduate students reviewing for comprehensive exams and needing brief summaries of selected topics. M. Deshmukh George Mason University

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
List of abbreviations
In search of German culture: an introductionEva Kolinsky and Wilfried van der Will
1 The citizen and the state in modern GermanyPeter Pulzer
2 German national identityJohn Breuilly
3 Elites and class structureHans-Georg Betz
4 Jews in German societyAndrei S. Markovits and Beth Simone Noveck and Carolyn Höfig
5 Non-German minorities, women and the emergence of civil societyEva Kolinsky
6 Critiques of cultureAndrew Bowie
7 The functions of 'Volkskultur', mass culture and alternative cultureWilfried van der Will
8 The development of German prose fictionMartin Swales
9 Modern German poetryKaren Leeder
10 German drama, theatre and danceMichael Patterson and Michael Huxley
11 Music in modern German cultureErik Levi
12 Modern German artIrit Rogoff
13 Modern German architectureIain Boyd Whyte
14 German cinemaMartin Brady and Helen Hughes
15 The media of mass communication: the press, radio and televisionHolger Briel