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Literature and German Reunification

Literature and German Reunification

  • Author: Stephen Brockmann
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521027847
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 260
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This book is a systematic attempt to examine the literary consequences of German reunification. Placing the concept of the Kulturnation at the centre of its analysis, the book explores the ways in which literature both responds to and helps to constitute notions of German national identity. Previous studies of German literature have tended to avoid the problem of nationhood: this is one of the few books in any language to treat contemporary Germany as a cultural and national unity. The book discusses German literature from the early 1980s through the late 1990s, with a primary focus on the way in which authors of the 1990s have sought to cope with and respond to reunification and emerging questions about history, politics and identity. Larger questions are addressed about the role of both the nation and a national literature in the context of economic and political globalization.

German Reunification and the Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture

German Reunification and the Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: BRILL
  • ISBN: 9004359788
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 252
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This collection of academic articles and personal reflections explores German reunification and the legacy of GDR literature and culture. It examines a broad range of genres and combines perspectives on both lesser-known and more established writers.

Textual Responses to German Unification

Textual Responses to German Unification

Processing Historical and Social Change in Literature and Film

  • Author: Carol Anne Costabile-Heming,Rachel J. Halverson,Kristie A. Foell
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
  • ISBN: 3110880407
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 284
  • View: 2781
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The unification of the two German states changed the geo-political, economic, social, and cultural borders of Germany and Europe. This volume in three parts researches how East German and West German authors and directors reacted to these radical changes. The basis of this research are fictional, autobiographical, journalistic, and cinematic texts. The authors and directors presented in this volume not only comment on the changes which they themselves experienced but also voice their changing attitudes to their own past within the divided Germany.

German literature at a time of change 1989-1990

German literature at a time of change 1989-1990

German unity and German identity in literary perspective

  • Author: Arthur Williams,K. Stuart Parkes,Roland Smith
  • Publisher: Herbert Lang Et Co Ag
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 494
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The volume brings together twenty-five scholars from British and German universities, many of them leading experts on Contemporary German Literature, in an exploration of the processes and implications of German unification from the literary point of view. A discussion of the intellectual climate which nurtured the 'peaceful revolution' in the GDR is followed by analyses of the work and attitudes of significant east German authors; an underlying theme is the loss of identity, the loss of Utopia. West German reactions to the questions of unity and identity are then analysed, and a series of comparative studies presented. Finally, themes of importance for the common German future are discussed with particular reference to newer writers; environmental issues, women's writing, the changing role of the poet, problems of innovation.

The Individual, Identity, and Innovation

The Individual, Identity, and Innovation

Signals from Contemporary Literature and the New Germany

  • Author: Arthur Williams
  • Publisher: Peter Lang
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: German literature
  • Page: 367
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Germany 1990 Is Not Germany 1939 - the British Response to German Unification

Germany 1990 Is Not Germany 1939 - the British Response to German Unification

  • Author: Markus Mehlig
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag
  • ISBN: 3640325958
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  • Page: 52
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Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,3, Dresden Technical University (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Seminar "Britain in Europe - Europe in Britain," language: English, abstract: When the first bricks and pieces of the Berlin Wall fell to the ground on 9 November 1989, the German soil might not have been the only thing that has been shaking on that day: As soon as the news arrived in Number 10 Downing Street, London, the floor in Margaret Thatcher's office might have been shaking as well. The metaphorical earthquake German reunification is considered today to have been in those days did not only cause disorientation and confusion in both German states but also in Great Britain. Since the four victorious powers decided to split the German nation into four parts - that later became only two - at the Yalta conference, the British felt save from their greatest enemy during the Second World War. The balance of power between the Soviet Union and the West seemed to be restored after the Cold War. Germany was not strong enough to even try to start a new war, which caused a strong securely feeling among the British people and its government. Now, that this stony guarantee for peace got its first cracks it forced the peaceful atmosphere - not only the British created in the bygone decades - to crack as well. In this paper I want to describe the response of both British politicians and the British people to the events that happened in the months between November 1989 and October 1990, but mainly concentrate on two of the most important ones for British politics during this time, namely the Nicholas Ridley affair and the revelation of the minutes of the Chequers meeting. The British press of course has not ignored these events. Since it became one of the most important commentators on the upheaval that went on in Germany and the British domestic discussions and affairs, I want to und

German Literature of the Twentieth Century

German Literature of the Twentieth Century

From Aestheticism to Postmodernism

  • Author: Ingo Roland Stoehr
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
  • ISBN: 9781571131577
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 529
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Traces literary developments in the German-speaking countries from 1900 to the present.

From Bundesrepublik to Deutschland

From Bundesrepublik to Deutschland

German Politics After Unification

  • Author: Michael G. Huelshoff,Andrei S. Markovits,Simon Reich
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN: 9780472065271
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 396
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Analyzes Germany's new role in world politics

Theatre in the Berlin Republic

Theatre in the Berlin Republic

German Drama Since Reunification

  • Author: Denise Varney
  • Publisher: Peter Lang
  • ISBN: 9783039111107
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 335
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This work's focus is on theatre at the intersection of culture and politics during and after German reunification and the evolution of the Berlin Republic. It contains the proceedings of a symposium that took place in Melbourne in September 2006.

Strategies of Humor in Post-Unification German Literature, Film, and Other Media

Strategies of Humor in Post-Unification German Literature, Film, and Other Media

  • Author: Jill Twark
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 1443827819
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 380
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The fourteen chapters in this anthology feature original analyses of contemporary German-language literary texts, films, political cartoons, cabaret, and other types of performance. The artworks display a wide spectrum of humor modes, such as irony, satire, the grotesque, Jewish humor, and slapstick, as responses to unification with the accompanying euphoria, but also alienation and dislocation. Kerstin Hensel’s Lärchenau, Christoph Hein’s Landnahme, and vignette collections by Jakob Hein (Antrag auf ständige Ausreise und andere Mythen der DDR) and Wladimir Kaminer (Es gab keinen Sex im Sozialismus) are interpreted as examples of the grotesque. The popular films Lola rennt, Sonnenallee, Herr Lehmann, NVA, Alles auf Zucker!, and Mein Führer—Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler are reexamined through the lens of traditional and more recent humor or comic book theories. The contributors focus on how each artwork enriches four prominent postwall German cultural trends: post-unification identity reconstruction, Vergangenheitsbewältigung (including Hitler humor), New German Popular Literature (Christian Kracht’s ironic subtexts), and immigrant perspectives (a “third voice” in the East-West binary reflected here pointedly in Eulenspiegel cartoons). To date, no other scholarly work provides as comprehensive an overview of the diverse strategies of humor used in the past two decades in German-speaking countries.

Bohemia in East Berlin?

Bohemia in East Berlin?

  • Author: Philip Brady,Ian Wallace
  • Publisher: Rodopi
  • ISBN: 9789051838947
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 148
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In this volume an international team of scholars assesses the significance of 'Prenzlauer Berg', a remarkable 'alternative culture' which took its name from the run-down area of East Berlin with which it became synonymous. As well as offering a critical overview of this culture, the books presents detailed studies of the work of two major poets with whom it is particularly associated, Elke Erb and Bert Papenfuss-Gorek, and also considers the significance of 'boundary' as one of Prenzlauer Berg's central defining metaphors. There are substantial contributions by three East Germans with significant personal experience of Prenzlauer Berg both before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall."

Twenty Years on

Twenty Years on

Competing Memories of the GDR in Postunification German Culture

  • Author: Renate Rechtien,Dennis Tate
  • Publisher: Camden House
  • ISBN: 1571135030
  • Category: History
  • Page: 244
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New essays on the evolution of cultural memory of the former German Democratic Republic since 1989-90 and its importance for Germany's continuing unification process.

Another Country

Another Country

German Intellectuals, Unification and National Identity

  • Author: Jan-Werner Müller,Jan-Werner Mü ller
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 9780300083880
  • Category: History
  • Page: 310
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This important book not only examines changing notions of nationhood and their complicated relationship to the Nazi past but also charts the wider history of the development of German political thought since World War II, while critically reflecting on some of the continuing blind spots among German writers and thinkers.

Beyond 1989

Beyond 1989

Re-reading German Literary History Since 1945

  • Author: Keith Bullivant
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • ISBN: 9781571810373
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 177
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With the opening up of the East in the autumn of 1989 claims were being made, on the one hand, that German literature had never, in fact, been divided, while others were proclaiming the end of East and West German literatures as they had existed, and the beginning of a new era.

The Cambridge History of German Literature

The Cambridge History of German Literature

  • Author: Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521785730
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 613
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A history of German literature to 1990, written from a post-Reunification standpoint.

Recasting German Identity

Recasting German Identity

Culture, Politics, and Literature in the Berlin Republic

  • Author: Stuart Taberner,Frank Finlay
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
  • ISBN: 1571132449
  • Category: History
  • Page: 276
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A collection of essays offering a nuanced understanding of the complex question of identity in today's Germany.

Memory Traces

Memory Traces

1989 and the Question of German Cultural Identity

  • Author: Silke Arnold-de Simine
  • Publisher: Peter Lang
  • ISBN: 9783039102976
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 343
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This essay collection examines the dynamics of memory organization and the way it varies among different media and modes of discourse in post-unification Germany. German unification has put the post-war period into a historical perspective. Such a rupture raises questions concerning the appropriate commemoration, preservation and reinterpretation of the past. The processes of reorientation after unification influenced the self-perception of literary authors as well as the social role, position and status of German literature. They also affected the way writers viewed the competition in which they found themselves pitted against visual and electronic media as rival windows on the past. In the context of several debates on German literature during the 1990s the discussion revolved not only around the adequate aesthetic representation of the historical and cultural heritage but even more so around the role of literature itself in that process. The contributions look at different discourses that were and still are concerned with reinterpreting and creating new collective symbols and narrative patterns in relation to Germany's past. The volume focuses on the effects of the characteristic discourses of the press, literature and its different genres, film, the internet and memorials on the depiction and performance of memories.

Contemporary German Fiction

Contemporary German Fiction

Writing in the Berlin Republic

  • Author: Stuart Taberner
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521860789
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 254
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These accessible and informative essays explore the central themes and contexts of the best writers working in Germany today.

Landmarks in the German Novel

Landmarks in the German Novel

  • Author: Peter Hutchinson,Michael Minden
  • Publisher: Peter Lang
  • ISBN: 9783039115662
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 164
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The nine essays in this volume deal with major achievements in the German novel since 1959. They range from the very well known, such as Brussig's "Helden wie wir," an extravagant treatment of life under the "Stasi" and the fall of the Berlin Wall, to the much more recondite, such as Hubert Fichte's "Detlevs Imitationen -Grunspan-," one of the first, and most important, products of the abolition of the discrimination against gays in 1969. What is most surprising about this collection is that, in contrast to the majority of successful novels written in German before 1959, only one of these is by a clearly 'West' German author: Hubert Fichte. There is, by contrast, a surprising number who have their roots in the GDR (Plenzdorf, Wolf, Brussig, Schulze), or in Austria (Bachmann, Bernhard). This is also a period in which women writers emerge powerfully (Bachmann, Wolf, and Ozdamar). Virtually all these novels aroused controversy in some quarters at the time of their publication, often for their treatment of semi-taboo, or at least uncomfortable, subject-matter. These essays, all by specialists in the relevant field, were originally delivered as lectures in the University of Cambridge."

Composing the Canon in the German Democratic Republic

Composing the Canon in the German Democratic Republic

Narratives of Nineteenth-Century Music

  • Author: Elaine Kelly
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199395187
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 240
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When the German Democratic Republic (GDR) was founded in 1949, its leaders did not position it as a new state. Instead, they represented East German socialism as the culmination of all that was positive in Germany's past. The GDR was heralded as the second German Enlightenment, a society in which the rational ideals of progress, Bildung, and revolution that had first come to fruition with Goethe and Beethoven would finally achieve their apotheosis. Central to this founding myth was the Germanic musical heritage. Just as the canon had defined the idea of the German nation in the nineteenth-century, so in the GDR it contributed to the act of imagining the collective socialist state. Composing the Canon in the German Democratic Republic uses the reception of the Germanic musical heritage to chart the changing landscape of musical culture in the German Democratic Republic. Author Elaine Kelly demonstrates the nuances of musical thought in the state, revealing a model of societal ascent and decline that has implications that reach far beyond studies of the GDR itself. The first book-length study in English devoted to music in the GDR, Composing the Canon in the German Democratic Republic is a seminal text for scholars of music in the Cold War and in Germany more widely.