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Mapping Berlin

Representations of Space in the Weimar Feuilleton

Frances Mossop

This book was the winner of the 2013 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in German Studies.

The Weimar period (1919–1933) generated an immense wealth of writings that recorded impressions of daily life in the German capital of Berlin. Literary journalism, in particular, experienced a surge in popularity at the time and played a vital role in informing the public about the ‘new world’ that was emerging after the First World War.
This book offers an original approach to the German feuilleton of the 1920s and early 1930s by exploring how authors engaged with the space of Berlin on the page. Drawing on recent spatial theory, the author focuses on the role of geography and cartography in the journalistic oeuvres of Joseph Roth, Gabriele Tergit and Kurt Tucholsky. Central to this study is an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the examination of their feuilleton articles by foregrounding spatiality within the context of literary analysis. The book demonstrates how Roth, Tergit and Tucholsky depict contemporary concerns through spatial representation, thus yielding new insights into the authors’ narration of the history, society and politics of the Weimar Republic.
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This study is based on research I completed for a PhD in German at the University of Exeter between 2009 and 2013. My sincerest gratitude goes to my supervisor, Professor Ulrike Zitzlsperger, for her guidance and tireless support. She has been a strong and inspirational adviser to me throughout and beyond my university years, and her assistance and enthusiasm have been a great source of motivation. I am also indebted to my second supervisor, Professor Chloe Paver, for her additional insight and advice. Further special thanks go to my external examiner, Professor David Midgley, as well as my internal examiner, Professor Sara Smart. It was the generous funding provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) that enabled me to undertake the research for this project, for which I am most thankful. Further thanks go to the editorial board of the 2013 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in German Studies, especially Dr Laurel Plapp at Peter Lang Oxford.

All quotations from the works of Gabriele Tergit are reproduced with the kind permission of the publisher Schöffling & Co., Frankfurt am Main. I also thank Peter Lang Oxford for granting me permission to use material from a previous version of one of the book’s chapters, which has been published in Discovering Women’s History: German-Speaking Journalists (1900–1950), edited by Christa Spreizer (Oxford: Peter Lang 2014), 267–79.

Unless otherwise noted, all translations from the German are my own.

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