Chapter

Witches Dancing

Bernd Widdig

in Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520222908
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924703 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222908.003.0008
Witches Dancing

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This chapter addresses the fact that many symbolic and visual representations of the German inflation are coded as female. It analyzes and contextualizes three female figures that are particularly significant within the symbolic discourse of inflation and shows how these figures are inscribed in G.W. Pabst's film Die Freudlose Gasse. It suggests that this film clearly illustrates the interplay between female identity, monetary circulation, and the breakdown of family structures during the period of inflation.

Keywords: German inflation; symbolic discourse; G.W. Pabst; Die Freudlose Gasse; female identity; monetary circulation; family structures

Chapter.  8440 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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