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Weimar on the Pacific : German Exile Culture in Los Angeles and the Crisis of Modernism.

Author/Creator:
Bahr, Ehrhard.
Publication:
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2007.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (380 pages)
Edition:
1st ed.
Series:
Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism Ser.
Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism Ser. ; v.41
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Subjects:
Modernism (Aesthetics) -- California -- Los Angeles.
Germans -- California -- Los Angeles -- Intellectual life.
Jews, German -- California -- Los Angeles -- Intellectual life.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
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Electronic books.
Summary:
In the 1930s and 40s, Los Angeles became an unlikely cultural sanctuary for a distinguished group of German artists and intellectuals--including Thomas Mann, Theodore W. Adorno, Bertolt Brecht, Fritz Lang, and Arnold Schoenberg--who had fled Nazi Germany. During their years in exile, they would produce a substantial body of major works to address the crisis of modernism that resulted from the rise of National Socialism. Weimar Germany and its culture, with its meld of eighteenth-century German classicism and twentieth-century modernism, served as a touchstone for this group of diverse talents and opinions. Weimar on the Pacific is the first book to examine these artists and intellectuals as a group. Ehrhard Bahr studies selected works of Adorno, Horkheimer, Brecht, Lang, Neutra, Schindler, Döblin, Mann, and Schoenberg, weighing Los Angeles's influence on them and their impact on German modernism. Touching on such examples as film noir and Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus, Bahr shows how this community of exiles reconstituted modernism in the face of the traumatic political and historical changes they were living through.
Contents:
Intro
Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
1. The Dialectic of Modernism
2. Art and Its Resistance to Society:Theodor W. Adorno's Aesthetic Theory
3. Bertolt Brecht's California Poetry:Mimesis or Modernism?
4. The Dialectic of Modern Science: Brecht's Galileo
5. Epic Theater versus Film Noir: Bertolt Brecht andFritz Lang's Anti-Nazi Film Hangmen Also Die
6. California Modern as Immigrant Modernism:Architects Richard Neutra and Rudolph M. Schindler
7. Between Modernism and Antimodernism:Franz Werfel
8. Renegade Modernism: Alfred Döblin's NovelKarl and Rosa
9. The Political Battleground of Exile Modernism:The Council for a Democratic Germany
10. Evil Germany versus Good Germany: Thomas Mann'sDoctor Faustus
11. A "True Modernist": Arnold Schoenberg
Conclusion: The Weimar Legacy of Los Angeles
Chronology
Appendices I-V
I. Addresses of Weimar Exiles and Exile Institutionsin Los Angeles
II. Filmography: Hangmen Also Die
III. Text of the Kol Nidre
IV. Lord Byron's "Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte"
V. Text of Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor of Warsaw
Bibliography
Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Contributor:
Bahr, Dr Ehrhard.
Other format:
Print version: Bahr, Ehrhard Weimar on the Pacific
ISBN:
9780520933804
9780520257955
OCLC:
609849871