Waine - Chapter 07
Changing Cultural Tastes offers a critical survey of the taste
wars fought over the past two centuries between the intellectual
establishment and the common people in Germany. It charts the uneasy
relationship of high and popular culture in Germany in the modern era.
The impact of National Socialism and the strong influence from Great
Britain and the United States are assessed in this cultural history of
a changing nation and society. The period 1920-1980 is given special
prominence, and the work of significant writers and artists such as
Josef von Sternberg and Bertolt Brecht, Elfriede Jelinek and Rolf
Dieter Brinkmann, Erwin Piscator and Heinrich Böll, is closely
analysed. Their work has reflected changing tastes and, crucially,
helped to make taste more pluralistic and democratic.