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Weimar Surfaces: Urban Visual Culture in 1920s Germany

Janet Ward


The Germany of the 1920s offers a stunning moment in modernity, a time when surface values first became determinants of taste, activity, and occupation: modernity was still modern, spectacle was still spectacular. This study revisits Weimar Germany via the lens of metropolitan visual culture, analyzing the power that 1920s Germany holds for today's visual codes of consumerism.

Keywords: Germany, modernity, visual culture, 1920s, consumerism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520222984
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520222984.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Ward, author