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Media, modernity, and dynamic plants in early 20th century German culture : / by Janet Janzen.

Author:
Janzen, Janet Lindeblad [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
[Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2016]
Description:
208 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series:
  • Critical plant studies ; v. 2. [More in this series]
  • Critical plant studies: philosophy, literature, culture, 2213-0659 ; volume 2
Summary note:
"In Media, Modernity and Dynamic Plants, Janet Janzen traces the motif of the "dynamic plant" through film and literature in early 20th century German culture. Often discussed solely as symbols or metaphors of the human experience, plants become here the primary focus and their role in literature and film is extended beyond their symbolic function. Plants have been (and still are) seen as closer to static objects than to living, moving beings. Making use of examples from film and literature, Janet Janzen demonstrates a shift in the perception of plants-as-objects to plants-as-living-beings that can be attributed to new technology and also to the return of Romantic and Vitalistic discourses on nature."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-203) and index.
Contents:
Introduction -- 1. Flying Plants: Imaginary Media as a Model for Representing the Plant Soul in Kurd Lasswitz's Sternentau: Die Pflanze vom Neptunsmond (1909) -- 2. Animating Glass: Representing the Elusive Plant Soul in Paul Scheerbart's "Flora Mohr: eine Glasblumen-Novelle" (1909) -- 3. Empathetic Media: Film and the "Gestures" of Plants in Das Blumenwunder (1926) -- 4. The Radical Other: The Metamorphosis of Humans and Animals into Plants in Gustav Meyrink's "Die Pflanzen des Doktor Cinderella" (1905) -- 5. The Plant Bites! Deviant Plants in Nosferatu and Alraune as Metaphors for Social Instability in Weimar Culture -- Conclusion.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN:
  • 9789004327160 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • 9004327169 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • (e-book)
LCCN:
2016027435
OCLC:
951955755
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