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Art of SuppressionConfronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts$

Pamela M. Potter

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282346

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282346.001.0001

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Art of Suppression
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(p.i) Art of Suppression

(p.ii) Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism

(p.iii) Art of Suppression

Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism

Edward Dimendberg, Martin Jay, and Anton Kaes, General Editors

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  • Names: Potter, Pamela Maxine, author.
  • Title: Art of suppression : confronting the Nazi past in histories of the
  • visual and performing arts / Pamela M. Potter.
  • Other titles: Weimar and now ; 50.
  • Description: Oakland, California : University of California Press,
  • [2016] | ”2016 | Series: Weimar and Now : German cultural criticism ; 50 |
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Identifiers: LCCN 2016005856 (print) | LCCN 2016007028 (ebook) |
  • ISBN 9780520282346 (cloth : alk. paper) | ISBN 9780520957961 (Epub)
  • Subjects: LCSH: Arts and society—Germany—History—20th century. |
  • National socialism and art. | Arts, German—20th century. | Art—
  • Historiography.
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Edward Dimendberg, Martin Jay, and Anton Kaes, General Editors

1. Heritage of Our Times, by Ernst Bloch

2. The Nietzsche Legacy in Germany, 1890–1990, by Steven E. Aschheim

3. The Weimar Republic Sourcebook, edited by Anton Kaes, Martin Jay, and Edward Dimendberg

4. Batteries of Life: On the History of Things and Their Perception in Modernity, by Christoph Asendorf

5. Profane Illumination: Walter Benjamin and the Paris of Surrealist Revolution, by Margaret Cohen

6. Hollywood in Berlin: American Cinema and Weimar Germany, by Thomas J. Saunders

7. Walter Benjamin: An Aesthetic of Redemption, by Richard Wolin

8. The New Typography, by Jan Tschichold, translated by Ruari McLean

9. The Rule of Law under Siege: Selected Essays of Franz L. Neumann and Otto Kirchheimer, edited by William E. Scheuerman

10. The Dialectical Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research, 1923–1950, by Martin Jay

11. Women in the Metropolis: Gender and Modernity in Weimar Culture, edited by Katharina von Ankum

12. Letters of Heinrich and Thomas Mann, 1900–1949, edited by Hans Wysling, translated by Don Reneau

13. Empire of Ecstasy: Nudity and Movement in German Body Culture, 1910–1935, by Karl Toepfer

14. In the Shadow of Catastrophe: German Intellectuals between Apocalypse and Enlightenment, by Anson Rabinbach

15. Walter Benjamin’s Other History: Of Stones, Animals, Human Beings, and Angels, by Beatrice Hanssen

16. Exiled in Paradise: German Refugee Artists and Intellectuals in America from the 1930s to the Present, by Anthony Heilbut

17. Cool Conduct: The Culture of Distance in Weimar Germany, by Helmut Lethen, translated by Don Reneau

18. In a Cold Crater: Cultural and Intellectual Life in Berlin, 1945–1948, by Wolfgang Schivelbusch, translated by Kelly Barry

19. A Dubious Past: Ernst Jünger and the Politics of Literature after Nazism, by Elliot Y. Neaman

20. Beyond the Conceivable: Studies on Germany, Nazism, and the Holocaust, by Dan Diner

21. Prague Territories: National Conflict and Cultural Innovation in Franz Kafka’s Fin de Siècle, by Scott Spector

22. Munich and Memory: Architecture, Monuments, and the Legacy of the Third Reich, by Gavriel D. Rosenfeld

23. The Ufa Story: A History of Germany’s Greatest Film Company, 1918–1945, by Klaus Kreimeier, translated by Robert and Rita Kimber

24. From Monuments to Traces: Artifacts of German Memory, 1870–1990, by Rudy Koshar

25. We Weren’t Modern Enough: Women Artists and the Limits of German Modernism, by Marsha Meskimmon

26. Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany, by Bernd Widdig

27. Weimar Surfaces: Urban Visual Culture in 1920s Germany, by Janet Ward

28. Graphic Design in Germany: 1890–1945, by Jeremy Aynsley

29. Expressionist Utopias: Paradise, Metropolis, Architectural Fantasy, by Timothy O. Benson, with contributions by Edward Dimendberg, David Frisby, Reinhold Heller, Anton Kaes, and Iain Boyd Whyte

30. The Red Count: The Life and Times of Harry Kessler, by Laird M. Easton

32. The Dark Mirror: German Cinema between Hitler and Hollywood, by Lutz Koepnick

33. Rosenzweig and Heidegger: Between Judaism and German Philosophy, by Peter Eli Gordon

34. The Authority of Everyday Objects: A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design, by Paul Betts

35. The Face of East European Jewry, by Arnold Zweig, with fifty-two drawings by Hermann Struck. Edited, translated, and with an introduction by Noah Isenberg

36. No Place Like Home: Locations of Heimat in German Cinema, by Johannes von Moltke

37. Berlin Alexanderplatz: Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture, by Peter Jelavich

38. Berlin Electropolis: Shock, Nerves, and German Modernity, by Andreas Killen

39. A Concise History of the Third Reich, by Wolfgang Benz, translated by Thomas Dunlap

40. Germany in Transit: Nation and Migration, 1955–2005, edited by Deniz Göktürk, David Gramling, and Anton Kaes

41. Weimar on the Pacific: German Exile Culture in Los Angeles and the Crisis of Modernism, by Ehrhard Bahr

42. The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany, by Kay Schiller and Christopher Young

43. Berlin Psychoanalytic: Psychoanalysis and Culture in Weimar Republic Germany and Beyond, by Veronika Fuechtner

44. Cinema and Experience: Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno, by Miriam Bratu Hansen

45. Siegfried Kracauer’s American Writings: Essays on Film and Popular Culture, edited by Johannes von Moltke and Kristy Rawson

46. Metropolis Berlin, 1880–1940, edited by Iain Boyd Whyte and David Frisby

47. The Third Reich Sourcebook, edited by Anson Rabinbach and Sander L. Gilman

48. Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins, by Noah Isenberg

49. The Promise of Cinema: German Film Theory, 1907–1933, edited by Anton Kaes, Nicholas Baer, and Michael Cowan

50. Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts, by Pamela M. Potter