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Title: The press of the Weimar Republic and its representation in German literature.
Author: Foster, Frances Clare.
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 1996
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This study explores the inter-rclationship of the German press and literature during the Weimar Republic 1918-1933. The small amount of published research in this field concentrates on the work of journalists and takes little account of publishers, financial backers, advertisers, typesetters and readers. Consequently the economic, political, technological and social context of the works has not been fully investigated. Included in this study are works which have been hitherto neglected. Part One covers aspects of press history which shed light on the literary texts. Chapter I describes the legal, organisational, political and economic background, Chapter 2 gives an account of the large publishing concerns, Chapter 3 explains some technical aspects of newspaper production and Chapter 4 considers the role of the joumalist, the nature of journalism and the influence of journalism on literature. Part Two examines press-related works of literature which are set in the German Reich between 1918 and 1933. The body of this section is formed by: Frank Thiep, Der Leftaffige (1924), Hans Fallada, Bauern, Bonzen und Bomben (1931), Erik Reger, Union der festen Iland (193 1) and Gabriele Tergit, Kfisebier crobert den Kurhdrstendamm (1931). Textual references to thirty-seven other works are made at appropriate points. The literary works are examined in the light of (a) the historical background outlined in Part One (b) the author's journalistic experience (c) contemporary newspapers and journals, including the author's journalistic writings and (c) other literary works from the period. The fictional press is compared with that of reality and the imaginative contribution of authors is evaluated. The findings relate to: autobiographical elements, Berlin and regional newspapers,f actory newspapers, the Generalanzeigerpresseth, e party press, the status, education and working conditions of journalists, newspaper technology, the influence of American reporting, sensationalism, advertising, publishers, readers and the role of the press in political life.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Journalism History Literature Mass media Performing arts Sociology Human services