Berlin Metropolis in Literature, Film, Music and Art

Read 1. Ladd: Introduction, 1- 5; Chapter 2 Old Berlin, 41-81

  1. “General Introduction,” Metropolis Berlin: 1880-1940, edited by Iain Boyd Whyte and David Frisby (University of California Press, 2012), 1-5.
  2. Horst Matzerath, “Berlin, 1890-1940” (excerpt) in Metropolis 1890-1940, edited by Anthony Sutcliffe (The University of Chicago Press, 1984), 289-298. Use quotations or references to the assigned works. Please answer these three questions:
  3. Brian Ladd’s book, The Ghosts of Berlin, begins with the sentence, “Berlin is a haunted city.” In what way is Berlin “haunted”?
  4. Why does Ladd believe “memories cleave to the physical settings of events”?
  5. Why was the demolition of the GDR (East German) Palace of the Republic and the reconstruction of the former palace so controversial?

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