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

ISBN-10: 0520257952
ISBN-13: 9780520257955
Edition: 2008
Authors: Ehrhard Bahr
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 378
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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 Pacificis the first book to examine these artists and intellectuals as a group. Ehrhard Bahr studies selected works of Adorno, Horkheimer, Brecht, Lang, Neutra, Schindler, Douml;blin, 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'sDoctor Faustus, Bahr shows how this community of exiles reconstituted modernism in the face of the traumatic political and historical changes they were living through.

Ehrhard Bahris distinguished professor emeritus of German at UCLA.

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
The Dialectic of Modernism
Art and Its Resistance to Society: Theodor W. Adorno's Aesthetic Theory
Bertolt Brecht's California Poetry: Mimesis or Modernism?
The Dialectic of Modern Science: Brecht's Galileo
Epic Theater versus Film Noir: Bertolt Brecht and Fritz Lang's Anti-Nazi Film Hangmen Also Die
California Modern as Immigrant Modernism: Architects Richard Neutra and Rudolph M. Schindler
Between Modernism and Antimodernism: Franz Werfel
Renegade Modernism: Alfred Doblin's Novel
The Political Battleground of Exile Modernism: The Council for a Democratic Germany
Evil Germany versus Good Germany: Thomas Mann's
A "True Modernist": Arnold Schoenberg
Conclusion: The Weimar Legacy of Los Angeles
Chronology
Appendices I-V
Addresses of Weimar Exiles and Exile Institutions in Los Angeles
Filmography: Hangmen Also Die
Text of the Kol Nidre
Lord Byron's "Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte"
Text of Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor of Warsaw
Bibliography
Index

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