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Why Weimar?

Questioning the Legacy of Weimar from Goethe to 1999


Peter M. Daly, Hans Walter Frischkopf and Trudis E. Goldsmith-Reber

Contents: Hans Walter Frischkopf: Preface – Peter M. Daly: Introduction – W. Daniel Wilson: Why Not Weimar? «Normal» German Culture and The Authoritarian State in Classical Weimar – Michael S. Batts: The Other (Non-Classical) Side of Weimar in Goethe’s Time – Markus S. Schulz: Cultural Politics after Buchenwald: Imagining Weimar – Susanne Frank: Festivalization, Image Politics and Local Identity: The Rollplatz Debate in Weimar, European City of Culture 1999 – Justus H. Ulbricht: «How One Becomes What One Is». Weimar’s Transformation to the «Heart of German Culture» 1885-1930 – Andrea Dietrich: The (Last) Fulfilment of Goethe’s Will: The Second Extension Building of the Goethe National Museum as a Case Study in the Intersection of Culture and Politics – Marcus Gärnter: Weimar/GDR - A Realm of Memory and Its Institutions – Silke Roth: Goethe and Buchenwald: Re-Constructing German National Identity in the Weimar Year 1999 – Alain Findeli: Goethe and the Bauhaus: An Epistemological Inquiry – Theodore Fiedler: Weimar between Modernism and Heimatkunst: Contrary Visions of Cultural Renewal and National Identity at the Turn of the Century – Rosamunde Neugebauer: Myth and Symbolic Topography: Weimar and Berlin in the 1920s – Willi Jasper: Faust and the Germans – David Pugh: Is It Time to Decentre Classicism? Thoughts on the British Reception of Weimar – Edward T. Larkin: The Detonation of a Timeless Weimarer Klassik: Thomas Alexander Schmidt’s Weimar oder das Ende der Zeit – Peter Rosenbaum: The Buchenwald Memorial and Its Différend – Phyllis Lambert: Holocaust Memorials. Distanced Memories: Site/Community/Meaning – Gregory Baum: Catholics in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich through the Eyes of Walter Dirks – Matthias Konzett: Karl Kraus and Walter Benjamin: Post-Nationalism in Vienna and Weimar Modernism – Arnd Bohm: Marbach vs. Weimar: Cultural Politics in the Cold War and Beyond – Jay Julian Rosellini: The Right Thinking: Attempts to Revive the Conservative Revolution in the Berlin Republic – Florian Bail: Reflections on the Meaning of the Weimarer Klassik for the Evolving Political Culture of the Berlin Republic.