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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.

Shakespeare and German Reunification

Shakespeare and German Reunification

The Interface of Politics and Performance

  • Author: Emily Oliver
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781787070707
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 292
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This book explores the relationship between politics and Shakespeare performance in East Germany before, during and after reunification in 1990. Analysing a wide range of case studies from Berlin as well as more peripheral towns and cities, the author argues that the capacity for political intervention in Shakespeare performances in East Germany was limited by a number of factors, including the influence of the government and an underlying distrust of the public. However, East German theatre practitioners proved useful to the 1989 protest movement precisely because they occupied a unique position at the interface of dissidence and state power. Using Shakespeare performance as a lens, the book examines political and aesthetic censorship before reunification and the enormous financial difficulties theatre faced in its aftermath, asking what role Shakespeare played for Germans both within and beyond the theatre.

After the Stasi

After the Stasi

Collaboration and the Struggle for Sovereign Subjectivity in the Writing of German Unification

  • Author: Annie Ring
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1472567617
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
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Why did so many citizens of the GDR agree to collaborate with the Stasi? Reading works of literature since German unification in the light of previously unseen files from the archives of the Stasi, After the Stasi uncovers how writers to the present day have explored collaboration as a challenge to the sovereignty of subjectivity. Annie Ring here interweaves close analysis of literary fiction and life-writing by former Stasi spies and victims with documents from the archive, new readings from literary modernism and cultural theories of the self. In its pursuit of the strange power of the Stasi, the book introduces an archetypal character in the writing of German unification: one who is not sovereign over her or his actions, but instead is compelled by an imperative to collaborate Â? an imperative that persists in new forms in the post-Cold War age. Ring's study identifies a monumental historical shift after 1989, from a collaboration that took place in concert with others, in a manner that could be recorded in the archive, to the more isolated and ultimately less accountable complicities of the capitalist present. While considering this shift in the most recent texts by East German writers, Ring provocatively suggests that their accounts of collaboration under the Stasi, and of the less-than-sovereign subjectivity to which it attests, remain urgent for understanding the complicities to which we continue to consent in the present day.

Virtual Walls?

Virtual Walls?

Political Unification and Cultural Difference in Contemporary Germany

  • Author: Franziska Lys,Michael Dreyer
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
  • ISBN: 157113980X
  • Category: Germany
  • Page: 216
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A reassessment of the journey Germans in East and West have taken during the past two and a half decades: even today, an open-ended, unfinished journey.

Mitterrand, the End of the Cold War, and German Unification

Mitterrand, the End of the Cold War, and German Unification

  • Author: Frederic Bozo
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • ISBN: 1845457870
  • Category: History
  • Page: 450
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Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this important book explores the role of France in the events leading up to the end of the Cold War and German unification. Most accounts concentrate on the role of the United States and look at these events through the bipolar prism of Soviet-American relations. Yet because of its central position in Europe and of its status as Germany's foremost European partner, France and its President, Francois Mitterrand, played a decisive role in these pivotal international events: the peaceful liberation of Eastern Europe from Soviet rule starting in 1988, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany's return to unity and full sovereignty in 1989/90, and the breakup of the USSR in 1991. Based on extensive research and a vast amount of archival sources, this book explores the role played by France in shaping a new European order.

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: 9674
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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 Reunification

German Reunification

A Multinational History

  • Author: Frédéric Bozo,Andreas Rödder,Mary Elise Sarotte
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317336054
  • Category: History
  • Page: 242
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This book provides a multinational history of German reunification based on empirical work by leading scholars. The reunification of Germany in 1989-90 was one of the most unexpected and momentous events of the twentieth century. Embedded within the wider process of the end of the Cold War, it contributed decisively to the dramatic changes that followed: the end of the division of Europe, the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, the origins of NATO’s eastward expansion and, not least, the creation of the European Union. Based on the wealth of evidence that has become available from many countries involved, and relying on the most recent historiography, this collection takes into account the complex interaction of multinational processes that were instrumental in shaping German reunification in the pivotal years 1989-90. The volume brings together renowned international scholars whose recent works, based on their research in multiple languages and sources, have contributed significantly to the history of the end of the Cold War and of German reunification. The resulting volume represents an important contribution to our knowledge and understanding of a significant chapter in recent history. This book will be of much interest to students of German politics, Cold war history, international and multinational history and IR in general.

German Memory Contests

German Memory Contests

The Quest for Identity in Literature, Film, and Discourse Since 1990

  • Author: Anne Fuchs,Mary Cosgrove,Georg Grote
  • Publisher: Camden House
  • ISBN: 1571133240
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 344
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Essays shedding light on the increasingly open cultural debate on the German past.

Rereading East Germany

Rereading East Germany

The Literature and Film of the GDR

  • Author: Karen Leeder
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1316462390
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: N.A
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This volume is the first to address the culture of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) as a historical entity, but also to trace the afterlife of East Germany in the decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall. An international team of outstanding scholars offers essential and thought-provoking essays, combining a chronological and genre-based overview from the beginning of the GDR in 1949 to the unification in 1990 and beyond, with in-depth analysis of individual works. A final chapter traces the resonance of the GDR in the years since its demise and analyses the fascination it engenders. The volume provides a 'rereading' of East Germany and its legacy as a cultural phenomenon free from the prejudices that prevailed while it existed, offering English translations throughout, a guide to further reading and a chronology.

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
  • Category:
  • 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

The Price of German Unity

The Price of German Unity

Reunification and the Crisis of the Welfare State

  • Author: Gerhard A. Ritter,Richard Deveson
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199556822
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 481
  • View: 9818
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The first full-scale analysis of the history of German reunification, with a particular emphasis on social policy, showing how the transfer of the West German social policy framework to the East intensified the crisis of the German welfare state.

The Economics of German Unification

The Economics of German Unification

  • Author: A. Ghanie Ghaussy,Wolf Schäfer
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134884982
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 272
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German unification is proving much more difficult than was originally envisaged. The integration of two national economies with different economic orders, different sectoral structures and divergent levels of development seems set to take a long time. This timely examination of the major issues involved emphasises the impact of unification on different sectors of the economy and their likely consequences.

Beyond 1989

Beyond 1989

Re-reading German Literary History Since 1945

  • Author: Keith Bullivant
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • ISBN: 9781571810373
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 177
  • View: 6317
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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.

Beyond 1989

Beyond 1989

Re-reading German Literary History Since 1945

  • Author: Keith Bullivant
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • ISBN: 9781571810373
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 177
  • View: 352
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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.

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
  • View: 9758
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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.

United Germany

United Germany

Debating Processes and Prospects

  • Author: Konrad H. Jarausch
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • ISBN: 0857459732
  • Category: History
  • Page: 300
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Since the attempt to unite two parts of a country divided for four decades yielded contradictory results, this volume provides a balance sheet of the successes and failures of German unification during the first quarter century after the fall of the Wall. Five themes, ranging from the transfer of political institutions to the economic crisis, from the social upheaval for women's movements to the cultural efforts at interpretation and the changes in foreign policy have been chosen to illustrate the complexity of the process. The contributors represent a broad interdisciplinary mix of political scientists, historians, and literary scholars. Because personal experiences tend to color scholarly judgments, they are drawn from West Germany, East Germany, and the United States. This collection is the most up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of the political, social, and intellectual consequences of the efforts to regain German unity.

Another Country

Another Country

German Intellectuals, Unification, and National Identity

  • Author: Jan-Werner Müller
  • 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.

East German Historians since Reunification

East German Historians since Reunification

A Discipline Transformed

  • Author: Axel Fair-Schulz,Mario Kessler
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 1438465378
  • Category: History
  • Page: 260
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Surveys how reunification in 1990 impacted historical scholarship in the former East Germany. With German reunification and the demise of the German Democratic Republic in 1990, East German historians and their traditions of historiography were removed from mainstream discourse in Germany and relegated to the periphery. By the mid-1990s, few GDR-trained historians remained in academia. These developments led to a greater degree of intellectual pluralism, yet marginalized many accomplished scholars. East German Historians since Reunification assesses what was gained and lost in the process of dissolving and remaking GDR institutions of historical scholarship. The collection combines primary and secondary sources: younger scholars offer analyses of East German historiography, while senior scholars who lived through the dismantling process provide firsthand accounts. Contributors address broad trends in scholarship as well as particular subfields and institutions. What unites them is a willingness to think critically about the achievements and shortcomings of GDR historiography, and its fate after German reunification.

The United States in Global Contexts

The United States in Global Contexts

American Studies After 9/11 and Iraq

  • Author: Walter Grünzweig
  • Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
  • ISBN: 9783825882624
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 170
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The momentous events since September 11, 2001, both challenged the field of American Studies and opened up new opportunities for research, teaching, and activism. This book presents more than 160 short contributions by Americanists and Non-Americanists from around the world in an essayistic brainstorm that brings together many questions asked about "America" and American Studies in the age of globalization.