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Textual Responses to German Unification : Processing Historical and Social Change in Literature and Film - Carol Anne Costabile-Heming

Textual Responses to German Unification

Processing Historical and Social Change in Literature and Film

Hardcover Published: 21st June 2001
ISBN: 9783110170221
Number Of Pages: 278
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

"This volume provides profound insights into challenges Germany faced after unification [...]"Kerstin Gaddy in: Seminar 2/2008

Acknowledgementsp. vii
"Schreiber, was siehst du?" Processing Historical and Social Changep. 3
Authors and Their Worlds
The Journey Eastward: Helga Schutz' Vom Glanz der Elbe and the Mnemonic Politics of German Unificationp. 17
"ob es sich bei diesem Experiment um eine gescheiterte Utopie oder um ein Verbrechen gehandelt hat": Enlightenment, Utopia, the GDR and National Socialism in Moniika Maron's Work From Flugasche to Pawels Briefep. 35
Remembering the GDR: Memory and Evasion in Autobiographical Writing from the Former GDRp. 59
"Gefalle in der Landschaft"--On the Critique of Real Existing Capitalism in Volker Braun's Textsp. 77
Comedic Bestseller or Insightful Satire: Taking the Interview and Autobiography to Task in Thomas Brussig's Helden wie wirp. 95
Multiple Voices--Generational Views
"Man muss jetzt laut schreien, um gehort zu werden": Stefan Heym, Walter Jens, Helga Konigsdorf: An intellectual opposition?p. 109
Everyday Stories of Hope and Despair in Eastern Germany: Kerstin Hensel and Ingo Schulze Write about Life after the Wendep. 131
"Ko...Ko...Konolialismus," said the giraffe: Humorous and Satirical Responses to German Unificationp. 151
Theatrical Confrontations with the Wende and Post-Unification Germany: Strauss, Pohl, and Heinp. 171
Cinematic Responses
Mastering the Past and Present: Problems of Memory in Postwar and Post-Wende German Cinemap. 193
Ghosts of Babelsberg: Narrative strategies of the Wendefilmp. 211
German-Germanness: On Borders, Hybridity, and Sameness in Margarethe von Trotta's Das Versprechenp. 225
History as Melodrama: German Division and Unification in Two Recent Filmsp. 233
Sonnenallee: Taking Comedy Seriously in Unified Germanyp. 253
Notes on Contributorsp. 273
Index of Namesp. 277
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ISBN: 9783110170221
ISBN-10: 3110170221
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 21st June 2001
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 18.03  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.54