Post-Wall German Cinema and National History: Utopianism and Dissent

Post-Wall German Cinema and National History: Utopianism and Dissent

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Paperback, Camden House (NY), 2014, ISBN13 9781571135964, ISBN10 1571135960
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Paperback, Camden House (NY), 2014, ISBN13 9781571135964, ISBN10 1571135960

Since unification, a radical shift has taken place in Germans' view of their country's immediate past, with 1989 replacing 1945 as the primary caesura. The cold-war division, the failed socialist state, the '68 student movement, and the Red Army Faction -- historical flashpoints involving political oppression, civil disobedience, and the longing for utopian solutions to social injustice -- have come to be seen as decisive moments in a collective history that unites East and West even as it divides them. Telling stories about a shared past, establishing foundational myths, and finding commonalities of experience are pivotal steps in the construction of national identity. Such nation-building is always incomplete, but the cinema provides an important forum in which notions of German history and national identity can be consumed, negotiated, and contested. This book looks at history films made since 1989, exploring how utopianism and political dissent have shaped German identity. It studies the genre - including popular successes, critical successes, and perceived failures - as a set of texts and a discursive network, gauging which conventions and storylines are resilient. At issue is the overriding question: to what extent do these films contribute to a narrative that legitimizes the German nation-state? Mary-Elizabeth O'Brien is Professor of German and The Courtney and Steven Ross Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore College.

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Number of Pages: 338
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Author: O'Brien, Mary-Elizabeth
Series Title: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Publication Date: January, 2014
ISBN-13: 9781571135964
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.50 x 9.50 x 0.75 Inches
ISBN-10: 1571135960
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