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- DescriptionThe Weimar Republic (1918-1933) was a crucial moment t only in German history but also in the history of both crime fiction and criminal science. This study approaches the period from a unique perspective - investigating the most torious criminals of the time and the public's reaction to their crimes. The author argues that the development of a new type of crime fiction during this period - which turned literary tradition on its head by focusing on the criminal and abandoning faith in the powers of the rational detective - is intricately related to new ways of understanding criminality among professionals in the fields of law, crimilogy, and police science. Considering Weimar Germany t only as a culture in crisis (the standard view in both popular and scholarly studies), but also as a culture of crisis, the author explores the ways in which crime and crisis became the foundation of the Republic's self-definition. An interdisciplinary cultural studies project, this book insightfully combines history, sociology, literary studies, and film studies to investigate a topic that cuts across all of these disciplines.
- Author BiographyTodd Herzog is an Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati. He is editor of A New Germany in a New Europe (Routledge 2001, with Sander Gilman) and Rebirth of a Culture: Jewish Identity and Jewish Writing in Germany and Austria Today (Berghahn Books, 2008, with Hillary Hope Herzog and Benjamin Lapp). He is currently working on A Critical Filmography of German Cinema to 1945.
- Author(s)Todd Herzog
- PublisherBerghahn Books
- Date of Publication01/03/2009
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleMonographs in German History
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 22
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBerghahn Books
- Content Note15 ills
- Weight408 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine11 mm
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