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The Resource Building socialism : architecture and urbanism in East German literature, 1955-1973, Curtis Swope

Building socialism : architecture and urbanism in East German literature, 1955-1973, Curtis Swope

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Building socialism : architecture and urbanism in East German literature, 1955-1973
Title
Building socialism
Title remainder
architecture and urbanism in East German literature, 1955-1973
Statement of responsibility
Curtis Swope
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Language
eng
Summary
'Building Socialism' reveals how East German writers' engagement with the rapidly changing built environment from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s constitutes an untold story about the emergence of literary experimentation in the post-War period. It breaks new ground by exploring the centrality of architecture to a mid-century modernist literature in dialogue with multiple literary and left-wing theoretical traditions and in tune with international assessments of modernist architecture and urban planning. Design and construction were a central part of politics and everyday life in East Germany during this time as buildings old and new were asked to bear heavy ideological and social burdens. In their novels, stories, and plays, Heiner Müller, Christa Wolf, Günter Kunert, Volker Braun, Günter de Bruyn, and Brigitte Reimann responded to enormous new factory complexes, experimental new towns, the demolition of Berlin's tenements, and the propagation of a pared-down modernist aesthetic in interior design. Writers' representation of the design, construction, and use of architecture formed part of a turn to modernist literary devices, including montage, metaphor, and shifting narrative perspectives. East Germany's literary architecture also represents a sophisticated theoretical reflection on the intractable problems of East Germany's socialist modernity, including the alliance between state socialism and technological modernization, competing commitments to working-class self-organization and the power of specialist planners and designers, and the attempt to create an alternative to fascism
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Also issued online.
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Swope, Curtis
Dewey number
830.9/9431
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PT3706
LC item number
.S86 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
New Directions In German Studies
Series volume
vol. 19
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Socialism and literature
  • Architecture and literature
  • German literature
  • Architecture and literature
  • German literature
  • Socialism and literature
  • Germany (East)
  • Architektur
  • Literatur
  • Sozialismus
  • Urbanität
  • Deutschland
Label
Building socialism : architecture and urbanism in East German literature, 1955-1973, Curtis Swope
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [237]-248) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Framing East Germany : Marxism, Architecture, and Literature. Introduction. Space in Architecture, Architecture in Marxism -- East German Theories of the Built Environment -- A Literature of Construction -- Socialist Writers and Modern Architecture. Brecht and Modern Architecture -- Benjamin, Adorno, and the Neues Bauen -- Operative Writing and Modern Architecture -- Seghers's Realism : The Ambiguous Status of Description -- Architecture, Theater, and the Early Years of the Scientific-Technological Revolution. Confronting the Construction Site : Heiner Müller from Operativity to Metaphor -- Buildings Against Paper -- Compromised Operativity and Spatial Metaphorics -- The Prinzip Auschwitz, Metaphor, and East German Built Space -- Built Space and the Body in Der Bau -- Carceral Communism : Construction Site as Prison -- Traditional Urbanism and Construction Site as Playground -- Towards a Bourgeois Architecture : Helmut Baierl's Frau Flinz and the Space of the Class Enemy -- Architecture According to Ulbricht -- Karl von Appen and the Making of Bourgeois Space -- Kultur im Heim -- Expropriation, Revolution, and Bureaucracy -- Science and the Socialist Future -- The Cult of Lenin and the Fading Dream -- Architecture and Modernity in the Prose of the 1960s. Time at Home : The Domestic Interior in Günter de Bruyn, Irmtraud Morgner, Brigitte Reimann, Christa Wolf, and Gerhard Wolf -- Henselmann and the GDR Interior -- Prescriptions for a Socialist Wohnkultur -- The Crisis of Civilization at Home -- Nineteenth-Century Interiors and the "Vast Landscape of History" " -- Epilogue : Gerhard Wolf -- Literary Responses to East German Urbanism -- The Literature of the Communist Company Town -- Fantasies of Urbanity in the Castrated City -- From Axial to Arabesque : Christa Wolf's "Unter den Linden" -- On the Threshold of History -- Living with Prefab High-Rises
Control code
973796865
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 257 pages
Isbn
9781501328114
Lccn
2017014785
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)973796865
Label
Building socialism : architecture and urbanism in East German literature, 1955-1973, Curtis Swope
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [237]-248) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Framing East Germany : Marxism, Architecture, and Literature. Introduction. Space in Architecture, Architecture in Marxism -- East German Theories of the Built Environment -- A Literature of Construction -- Socialist Writers and Modern Architecture. Brecht and Modern Architecture -- Benjamin, Adorno, and the Neues Bauen -- Operative Writing and Modern Architecture -- Seghers's Realism : The Ambiguous Status of Description -- Architecture, Theater, and the Early Years of the Scientific-Technological Revolution. Confronting the Construction Site : Heiner Müller from Operativity to Metaphor -- Buildings Against Paper -- Compromised Operativity and Spatial Metaphorics -- The Prinzip Auschwitz, Metaphor, and East German Built Space -- Built Space and the Body in Der Bau -- Carceral Communism : Construction Site as Prison -- Traditional Urbanism and Construction Site as Playground -- Towards a Bourgeois Architecture : Helmut Baierl's Frau Flinz and the Space of the Class Enemy -- Architecture According to Ulbricht -- Karl von Appen and the Making of Bourgeois Space -- Kultur im Heim -- Expropriation, Revolution, and Bureaucracy -- Science and the Socialist Future -- The Cult of Lenin and the Fading Dream -- Architecture and Modernity in the Prose of the 1960s. Time at Home : The Domestic Interior in Günter de Bruyn, Irmtraud Morgner, Brigitte Reimann, Christa Wolf, and Gerhard Wolf -- Henselmann and the GDR Interior -- Prescriptions for a Socialist Wohnkultur -- The Crisis of Civilization at Home -- Nineteenth-Century Interiors and the "Vast Landscape of History" " -- Epilogue : Gerhard Wolf -- Literary Responses to East German Urbanism -- The Literature of the Communist Company Town -- Fantasies of Urbanity in the Castrated City -- From Axial to Arabesque : Christa Wolf's "Unter den Linden" -- On the Threshold of History -- Living with Prefab High-Rises
Control code
973796865
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 257 pages
Isbn
9781501328114
Lccn
2017014785
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)973796865

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