A great deal of attention continues to focus on Berlin’s cultural and political landscape after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but as yet, no single volume looks at the divided city through an interdisciplinary analysis. This volume examines how the city was conceived, perceived, and represented during the four decades preceding reunification and thereby offers a unique perspective on divided Berlin’s identities. German historians, art historians, architectural historians, and literary and cultural studies scholars explore the divisions and antagonisms that defined East and West Berlin; and by tracing the little studied similarities and extensive exchanges that occurred despite the presence of the Berlin Wall, they present an indispensible study on the politics and culture of the Cold War.
Introduction - Philip Broadbent and Sabine Hake PART I: COLD WAR BEGINNINGS Life Among the Ruins: Sex, Space, and Subculture in Zero Hour Berlin - Jennifer Evans The Propagandistic Role of Modern Art in Postwar Berlin - Maike Steinkamp Back to the Future: New Music’s Revival and Redefinition in Occupied Berlin - Elizabeth Janik The Nylon Curtain: Architectural Unification in Divided Berlin - Greg Castillo Mediascape and Soundscape: Two Landscapes of Modernity in Cold War Berlin - Heiner Stahl PART II: EAST BERLIN, THE SOCIALIST CAPITAL Painting the Berlin Wall in Leipzig: The Politics of Art in 1960s East Germany April Eisman “You Have to Draw a Line Somewhere”: Tropes of Division in DEFA Films from the early 1960s - Mariana Ivanova Building the East German Television Tower - Heather Gumbert Deborah Asher Barnstone: Transparency in Divided Berlin: The Palace of the Republic - Heather Gumbert PART III: WEST BERLIN, SHOWCASE OF THE WEST “I Still Have a Suitcase in Berlin”: Hildegard Knef’s Cold War Movies - Ulrich Bach Benno Ohnesorg, Rudi Dutschke, and the Student Movement in West Berlin: Critical Reflections after Forty Years - David Barclay Berlin and Post-Meinhof Feminism: Yvonne Rainer’s Journeys from Berlin/1971 - Claudia Mesch Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum in Berlin as a Cold War Project - Paul Jaskot Beyond the Berlin Myth: the Local, the Global and IBA 87 - Emily Pugh PART IV: BERLIN AFTER UNIFICATION: LOOKING BACK AND BEYOND Stereographic City: Berlin Photography in the Wende Era - Miriam Paeslack Divided City, Divided Heaven? Berlin Border Crossings in Post-Wende Fiction - Lyn Marven Interview with Barbara Hoidn
Philip Broadbent is Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sabine Hake is the Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.