Berlin Alexanderplatz

Below are the questions for Alfred Dőblin’s book and Werner Fassbinder's film Berlin Alexanderplatz. Have a wonderful 4th of July holiday.  Henry and Carol

1- What is the role of the physical and geographic space (Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany) in the structuring of the story?

2- To what degree does the masculine experience of the modern city, as portrayed through Biberkopf differ from the feminine experience?

3- The novel presents us with simultaneous, at times conflicting, narratives or points of view. What is the significance of this recourse within the text?

4. How successful was Fassbinder in recreating some of the montage effects of Dőblin’s novel in order to introduce Berlin as a force of its own? (blinking lights)

5. How does Dőblin and Fassbinder portray women in Berlin Alexanderplatz? How does it compare with the portrayal of Keun? Chinese women novelists?

6. How does the characterization of Franz Biberkopf differ from Dőblin’s novel and Fassbinder’s film?

Bonus Question

7. Fassbinder’s Alexanderplatz is the conceptualization of Franz Biberkopf as a victim of an impersonal, alienated society. To what degree is this related to ‘urban modernism’ or is it particular to the time and place in Weimar Germany?