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Literature and German Reunification : Cambridge Studies in German - Stephen Brockmann

Literature and German Reunification

Cambridge Studies in German

Hardcover Published: 13th October 1999
ISBN: 9780521660549
Number Of Pages: 260

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This book is the first systematic attempt in English 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.

"This book surveys the issues and problems of unification within the German literary landscape very well." Monatshefte "Literature and German Reunification is an exemplary work of German cultural studies that situates literature in the realm of historical complexity without dissolving it into mere thematic documentation: instead, Brockmann's judicious surveys of the literary-historical landscape of contemporary Germany demonstrate the necessary vitality of literature as the "imaginative space" of the nation." World Literature Today "[A] provocative, pioneering study." Journal of English and Germanic Philology "An impressive volume." Michigan Germanic Studies

Acknowledgments
Introduction: locating the nation
Searching for Germany in the 1980s
A third path?
Literature and politics
Literature and the Stasi
The rebirth of tragedy?
The defense of childhood and the guilt of the fathers
The time and the place of the nation
Notes
Works cited
Index
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ISBN: 9780521660549
ISBN-10: 0521660548
Series: Cambridge Studies in German
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 13th October 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.55